TROUBLED SOUTH: The road to peace

Last July 10, 2007, while searching for kidnapped Italian priest, Giancarlo Bossi, the soldiers of the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team entered the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) camp in Guinanta town, Basilan southern Philippines. The lack of proper coordination resulted to the mutilation of at least 10 soldiers and the beating of the war drums in the country's powerful armed forces.

With the government's renewed offensive in Mindanao, the civilians are angry as they think that they are being made scapegoats for a tragedy that should have never happened.

Last year in November of 2010, at least 57 innocent souls were buried in barren lands thinking that the influential clan of the Ampatuans could get away with it. In what is believed to be the most brutal act of pre-election violence in the Philippines to date, a lot has been asking when does it all end.

In a land where the soil is very rich and the bounty of the sea is overflowing, the people have been plagued with decades old conflict that turns everything upside down.

They are always caught between a rock and a hard place.