The government has got to exert more effort to draw us into this conversation; to educate us about Mindanao and its context: its search for justice, acceptance, and respect, and its various people groups who each have a stake in that vitally distressed region. I long to understand their cause, yet I also want to be assured that their quest for autonomy will not split this country apart. I want to learn but I confess I am also afraid that what I will be told may not be wholly the truth. Who will allay these fears? Who will help the individual particles of Philippine sovereignty understand all this?