ARMM, Cotabato media remember Maguindanao killings

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Nov 23 2012 01:18 AM | Updated as of Nov 23 2012 02:22 PM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government together with the Cotabato City media are all set to commemorate the Maguindanao massacre in November 2009, which left at least 57 people dead, including 32 journalists, in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao.

The Regional Communications Group of ARMM OIC Gov. Mujiv Hataman has distributed black T-shirts printed with the words, “Justice for the victims”.

Officials from the government, media and relatives of the victims will visit the massacre site to offer prayers on Friday (November 23), which marks the 3rd year anniversary of the incident.

In the ARMM, a simple program followed by a candle-lighting, tree planting and releasing of balloons will be done by ARMM officials and employees as well as Cotabato journalists.

A media forum will also be conducted in the afternoon on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement.

ARMM COMGROUP Chief Amir Mawallil said the media forum is not related to the Maguindanao massacre commemoration, but a planned activity in relation to the 23rd anniversary of the ARMM, which aims to educate the media on their role in the information drive on the framework agreement and in becoming an instrument of peace.