There are so many people running for office in the election in the Philippines that it's hard to remember who's who.
That's why Agakhan Sharief decided to chose a nickname people won't soon forget: Osama bin Laden!
After attending a peace-and-order meeting led by Arroyo in Lanao in 2002, Sharief asked the president to pose for a souvenir picture with him. Somebody in the crowd jokingly told Arroyo that he was known around town by the infamous nickname.
"Oh, I see, the young bin Laden of Mindanao," Sharief quoted Arroyo as saying. The crowd erupted in laughter and applause.
"When I walked out of that meeting, I had a different name _ bin Laden," Sharief told The Associated Press by telephone.
But unlike the terrorist, Sharief is a peacemaker (maybe he's the Bizarro bin Laden):
Unlike the world's most-wanted terror suspect, Sharief is known by many in Lanao del Sur province as a peacemaker who has helped broker truces when sporadic clashes have erupted between government troops and Muslim insurgents.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/18/AR2007041800366.html - via Random Citations