Bangsamoro Writers attend Training on News Writing and Peace Messages in Support of the MNLF-MILF Convergence

DAVAO City – About 25 Bangsamoro volunteer writers attended in the two-day training program on News Writing & Peace Messages in support to the MNLF-MILF Convergence held at Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel in Davao City on November 16-18 this year.

The participating scribes came from different line agencies of established Bangsamoro organizations, civil society groups and the two Moro fronts, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

They showed their interest on learning and enhancing their capacity in writing and deepen their understanding on the Bangsamoro struggle and the tracks of peace process nowadays.

It was also their aim to see the relevance of Bangsamoro history in connection to the political aspiration as a solution for the long decade of grievances of the Bangsamoro people which both Moro fronts will continue to assert until the government will be able to deliver.

The participants were grateful of their learnings which they can impart that may eventually address the thirst of people for real and correct information that the society needs to know.

Veteran and multi-awarded writer Nash Maulana, a resource person who spoke on the first day of the training, emphasized that “The importance of gathering facts will get closer to the truth where the writers needed to provide in their readers”. “And that ingredient will make them as great writers,” he added.

Part of the activity was the news writing workshop where four groups were formed and wrote articles respectively in their own style in relation to Bangsamoro issue. Their outputs draw impression from the facilitator and the organizer.

The lecturer also did critiquing of their works and pointed out that in order to produce good quality write-ups the writer should always make a validation on the facts that they gathered.

He further stressed “gathering facts will get closer to the truth where your readers will love to read your articles.”

Maulana added also that “An effective writer should intellectually, not emotionally, understand news.”

The resource person related that the issue of Bangsamoro claiming for their right to self-determination gradually brought out by the late Ameer Mujahideen Ustadj Hashim Salamat, Rahimullah.

According to him, it was Salamat’s competency as a leader who brought about the story of the Bangsamoro from being a local issue to national and international communities.

“Whereas it became a focused issue on peace processes that the leadership today continues to take a firm stand,” he said.

Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Mohagher Iqbal, also the Chairman of the Information Committee – MILF, presented his authentic study on the cognitive content of the status of Moro struggle for their rights.

He also shared the latest updates on the peace process between the Philippine government and the MILF.

Cognizant that the Bangsamoro struggle is the longest in human history, the  participants, committed themselves to do their part as good writers for the Bangsamoro homeland without expecting any compensation nor worldly recognition in return.

They said that providing factual information to the public is their own way of helping the peace process succeed that will eventually address the quest of Bangsamoro people to have their own governance.

For the participants, being volunteer writers and writing for a cause in the midst of necessity is the most noble act they can share for the Bangsamoro people.

The Moro scribes said that “writers are not just writers who hold pens but are considered as heroes of information that bring enlightenment to the community they serve.”

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