Both ends of this conflict have severe human rights violations. I believe that both ends should take a step back and examine the damage they are incurring. So many residents are being killed or mistreated on top of the thousands of residents who have been displaced. The rebels who took hostages and used them as human shields should be punished, but the government officials who carried out torture on the prisoners and agreed to shooting at the rebels when hostages were present should also be punished. I hope this conflict is resolved. I think this conflict could have been resolved with nonviolence.
Link to article: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/09/19/philippines-mistreatment-hostage-taking-zamboanga