Marites Dañguilan Vitug

Marites is one of the Philippines' most seasoned journalists. For close to a decade, Vitug—a Nieman fellow—edited Newsbreak magazine, a trailblazer in Philippine investigative journalism. Her recent book, "Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court," which exposed critical weaknesses in the country's highest court, has become a bestseller.

She's currently fighting 2 libel suits filed against her by a sitting justice of the Supreme Court, Presbitero Velasco Jr.

Marites has won a number of awards including the Philippine National Book Award in journalism for her pioneering book, "Power from the Forest: the Politics of Logging," and "Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao" with Glenda M. Gloria. She was given the Courage in Journalism Award by the US-based International Women's Media Foundation for her exposes on the plunder of Palawan's forests. She is also the author, with Criselda Yabes, of Jalan Jalan: A Journey through EAGA. Asiaweek chose the book as one of the best books on Asia in 1999.

She heads the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation, a spin off of Newsbreak. The Foundation will continue to do public interest journalism mainly through books and special reports.

Jul 2019
THOUGHT LEADERS 04:00pm, Jul 11, 2019
[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s weak grasp of the maritime case on South China Sea

Three years after the stunning victory that washed away China’s expansive 9-dash line claim on the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte still needs to grasp the essence of the case decided by ...

Dec 2018
THOUGHT LEADERS 11:00am, Dec 27, 2018
[OPINION] DFA foils oil exploration with China – for now

It’s back to step one for China and its much-awaited joint development of oil and gas with the Philippines. In October, after Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Manila, the Global Times, a subsidiary ...

Aug 2018
THOUGHT LEADERS 11:07am, Aug 09, 2018
[OPINION] We are a maritime nation but...

One of my biggest lessons from writing Rock Solid, a book on our country’s maritime dispute with China, is a basic fact: that the Philippines is one of the top 10 countries in the world with the ...

Jul 2018
THOUGHT LEADERS 04:51pm, Jul 31, 2018
[OPINION] Will Philippines rejoin the International Criminal Court?

Under President Duterte, the Philippines chalked a world record, a fact that hasn’t probably sank into our consciousness yet: we are the second country to leave the International Criminal Court ...

THOUGHT LEADERS 09:00am, Jul 17, 2018
[OPINION] Enemies and expletives: Staples in Duterte’s SONA

When President Duterte speaks to the nation on July 23, we are certain of two things he will bring to the table: a recounting of his enemies and a recitation of expletives, at times accompanied by ...

IN-DEPTH 05:35pm, Jul 16, 2018
Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

(The following are excerpts from Chapter 17 of the book Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China, by veteran journalist and Rappler editor at large Marites Dañguilan ...

THOUGHT LEADERS 09:00am, Jul 06, 2018
[OPINION] Time for a different narrative on maritime dispute with China

Soon, it will be two years since the Philippines overwhelmingly won in its maritime dispute against China. But during this time, the official narrative in the Philippines has been one with strong ...

Jun 2018
THOUGHT LEADERS 07:55am, Jun 25, 2018
[OPINION] The wrecking-ball president

If there is one huge casualty of President Duterte’s first two years, it is the rule of law. It is that certainty that our behavior is steered by a body of laws, guided by the idea that law is a ...

THOUGHT LEADERS 10:00am, Jun 09, 2018
[OPINION] Mocha Uson is a disgrace to public officials

Since Margaux “Mocha” Uson came into the public’s consciousness as an avid campaigner of Rodrigo Duterte and later, an appointed government official, I’ve kept her in the periphery of my radar ...

THOUGHT LEADERS 09:39am, Jun 05, 2018
[OPINION] Flashpoint Ayungin

Gary Alejano, the Magdalo party-list member in the House of Representatives, has become our eyes and ears in the West Philippine Sea. He has brought us information on China’s aggressive actions ...