MILF PIP Chair, and BTC Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal briefing members of media at Em Manor Hotel on November 25, 2017

Iqbal briefs, presents guidelines to members of media on the Bangsamoro Assembly

More than 70 media personalities were given basic information and guidelines on the Bangsamoro Assembly during a briefing at EM Manor Hotel and Convention Center in Cotabato City on November 26, 2017. The media personalities were composed of local, national, and international TV, radio, and print outfits.

They included the New York Times, Al-Jazeerah, CNN. Asahi Shimbun, US Vice Media, JUI Press, Rappler, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN, GMA, CBS-DWAD, DXUP, DXJC Voice FM, DXMS, Brigada News FM, Radio ni Juan Network, PTV 4, The Mindanao Cross and Daily Gold Star.

They were invited and given accreditations to cover the assembly.

Mohagher Iqbal, Chairman of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel specifically briefed them on the actual flow of the program on the second day of the event on November 27 where President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his delegation are expected to arrive. 

Said media briefing was facilitated by the Media Affairs Committee of the Bangsamoro Assembly which Iqbal likewise chaired. 

The said briefing was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government through The Asia Foundation (TAF).

The briefing formally started with the viewing of a 10-minute audio-visual presentation prepared by the GPH - MILF Joint Communication Group under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through The Asia Foundation (TAF) with funding support from the Canadian Embassy.

Meanwhile, Abdullah M. Cusain, Chairman of Media Affairs Invitation and Accreditation Sub-Committee relayed to Luwaran earlier that at least 25 media organizations were invited and confirmed their attendance. 

About 40 members of the Malacanang Press Corps are also coming along with President Duterte, Cusain added during the briefing. 

The Bangsamoro Assembly is convened in compliance with E.O. No. 8 issued by President Duterte last November 7, 2017 which mandated the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to "convene an inclusive Bangsamoro Assembly as a consultative body to discuss the proposed BBL.”