[Philippine] mainstream media has created a situation where “war” is the sole solution to the cycle of conflicts in Mindanao.
A popular evening news channel even conducted a text message poll on October 20, asking the viewers if they would favor an all-out war against the MILF.
It triggered a rally in some Muslim-dominated areas in Mindanao calling for boycott of a major television network for feeding on the grief and anger caused by the 19 soldiers’ deaths.
Philippine Mainstream Media which is dominated by ABS-CBN and the GMA Network have long been criticised for their unique brand of hearsay reporting and "to-be-confirmed" news "reports".
Like everything else in the Philippines, whether it be disastrous flooding, or armed-to-the-teeth warlords, the Philippine Media — that supposed bastion of enlightenment, truth, and (get this), “information”, simply fails to lead the way in helping the public focus on what is important.