Mindanao has been a battleground for a continuing senseless armed conflict wasting away development efforts and lives of innocent people who have been caught in the middle. All parties to it have their reasons why they wage armed struggle and minus their respective political agenda, no one is ready yet to buy the idea of peace and development. With that, shedding of blood that takes respite during truce, will definitely continue unless a long and lasting solution to the conflict is achieved. But I doubt it if we can have peace sooner. My musing is that, if we can afford to kill and get killed for peace, why can't we sit down for the same goal instead together we push for a protracted peace dialogue?