Jum Akbar cheers as her co-wife, Cherrylyn, center is introduced during a campaign rally for their husband Gov. Wahab Akbar near Isabela City, Basilan, southern Philippines during the country’s 2007 mid-term election period. In a twist on the long Filipino tradition of dynastic rule, Basilan’s new governor and mayor of Isabela City are both married to congressman-elect Wahab Akbar. Like their husband, Jum, Wahab Akbar’s first wife, and Cherrylyn, his second, campaigned on a platform of economic development. The island of Basilan has been wracked by political instability and violence from multiple Islamic insurgencies. The Akbars say a family dynasty will help solve the impoverished island's economic and security problems.

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