Latest developments in southern Philippines

Pulitzer Center Staff

Ryan Anson examines the most recent political and military developments in the southern Philippines in two articles published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, September 9, 2007.

In "Trying to keep it all in the family dynasty," Ryan reports on a congressman-elect and his two wives -- one the mayor of Isabela City and the other Basilan's new governor -- and the concerns that come with one family's rise in political power.

Ryan also examines the role of U.S. servicemen in the region as they divide their time between building bridges and performing free surgeries to providing sniper and small-unit tactics training for the local military.