Gov. Wahab Akbar campaigns in a small Catholic village outside Isabela City, Basilan, southern Philippines. The populist leader, who hopes to land a seat in the Philippine congress in the 2007 elections, has promised to turn the island province into one giant rubber plantation and give local residents free education and free health care. Akbar’s opponents, however, say the family dynasty he wants to create could spell disaster for Basilan.

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