Election violence persists in post-Akbar Basilan
by Antonio M. Manaytay
ISABELA CITY, Basilan.—For the first time in years, this island province will experience elections without the charismatic Islamic preacher-turned-politican Wahab Akbar, and people are waiting to see whether the dynasty he left behind will survive his death.
Akbar was a three-term governor who became congressman in 2007, the same year that two of his wives were elected governor of Basilan and mayor of this city and seven other relatives were voted to various positions on the island.
In November 2007, Akbar was killed when a bomb exploded near a vehicle he was in at the House of Representatives.
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