SIMUAY, SULTAN KUDARAT — The Homeland Media Agency (HMA) held Media Practice Orientation at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute Training Center in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on May 2, 2015. It was attended by 44 Moro professional and aspiring writers.
Shiekh Abdulhadie Gumander, member of the Board of Directors of the HMA, shared his knowledge about media in Islamic perspective.
Gumander reminded the participants to renew their (Niyya) intention in practicing media for everyone is accountable in every single word he or she utter or write before the eyes of Almighty Allah.
John Unson,a veteran Mindanao-based journalist who regularly writes in the widely-read Philippine Star was the lone speaker from the media industry. He shared his long experience on media best practices and motivations.
“We may not be aware that we are adding ‘more fire’ on issues we are writing which may eventually lead to trouble,” Unson told the participants.
The resource person recalled how media practitioners especially from Manila presented the Mamasapano incident to audiences and viewers that drew public outrage.
“It is good that Mindanao based journalists did not use the term ‘massacre’ to describe the encounter,” he said.
“You must always think of the implications of your write-ups,” he pointed out.
He said writers also have the responsibility to promote peace and harmony.
In the afternoon, MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal graced the event and gave updates on the peace process.
Iqbal urged the participants to double their work to help educate the public about the BBL. “It is not a simple legislation but a product of peace negotiation,” he pointed out.
He explained that the BBL is the legal translation of the 17 years peace negotiation between the MILF and Government of the Philippines (GPH) that aims provide the Moro people an enhanced autonomous government to be called “Bangsamoro” equipped with more fiscal powers and stronger local governance.
He also narrated the recent visit of Iyad bin Ameen Madani,Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), last month who also convened the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leaders to strengthen the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF).
Iqbal fervently hope that the BBL will be passed by the members of House of Representatives and Senate this June.