A bomb has just exploded in Zamboanga City's Plaza Pershing while an assault against Abu Sayyaf bandits in nearby Basilan island is ongoing.
The bishop of Basilan has already signified his support for the military operation.
The military has been rearing to go to war to avenge the death of their comrades.
Some journalists are covering the conflict from afar.
What's the picture on the ground. What are the stories of the soldiers in the front line? What's happening inside the huts and homes of Muslim and Christian farmers caught in the middle of the firefight?
These are stories that need to be written.