Invitational 2014 – Leo Rucker
Our next featured artist statement: Leo Rucker
Leo Rucker has dedicated his time and efforts over the past 25 years to developing and creating fine positive art in the Triad area. Working with many of the local arts program as well as Triad art organizations, to encourage and inspire young artists along with creative individuals to tap into one’s deeper self. Leo believes that it is his calling to share what God has given him as he passes through this life’s journey on to the next level of his career and the world by making a difference in the Winston Salem area and abroad.
A Winston-Salem, North Carolina artist, Leo Rucker began his art career at the early age of 5yrs old when he was commissioned by his next door neighbor to render a pencil drawing of her deceased WWI veteran husband. After receiving many awards in high school Leo continued his pursuit of art at Rutledge College in commercial art receiving his degree and outstanding awards. He went to Carolina Art & Frame Company becoming a supervisor in the gold leaf department for 10yrs. This employment connected him with artists Richard Hedgecock and Paul Roseboro. Hedgecock and Roseboro encouraged him to enter into his first competition at the Sawtooth Center of Visual Arts. This first step led to many of his portraiture and mural commissions including a series of drawing and paintings for Forsyth County Partnership (Smart Start) as well as Segmented Marketing Services Inc. (SMSi). For SMSi Leo has created over 155 pastel portraits of accomplished ethnic women from around the world for an ongoing column Role Models Beyond Beauty featured in Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine.
Currently working as an instructor for Young Rembrandts Inc. teaching elementary youth basic drawing skills. Leo has pushed his skills to another level by rendering a painting out of the Vatican – The School of Athens by artist Raphael, which has given him a truer look at how much he has developed as an artist. Leo was commissioned by Rankin Elementary in Greensboro NC to create a mural called – Pass It On with kids from 26 nationalities. Rucker was the 2010 Save The Arts Awards Painter of the year and his most recent project was for the Winston Salem Transit Authority – painting the history of the Safe Bus Company on pillars at the bus station.
For specific elections, see Philippine Senate election, 2013; Philippine House of Representatives elections, 2013; Philippine local elections, 2013; and Philippine gubernatorial elections, 2013.
|Senate (24 seats; 12 up)|
|House of Representatives (292 seats; all up)|
|Provincial (80 provinces; all up)|
|Cities (all up)|
|Municipalities (all up)|
1,491 municipal vice mayors
11,932 municipal councilors
|Excludes ex officio members for local legislatures|
A general election was held in the Philippines on May 13, 2013. It was a midterm election—the officials elected will be sworn in on June 30, 2013, midway through PresidentBenigno Aquino III's term of office.
Being elected are 12 senators (half of the Senate), and all 229 district members of the House of Representatives. These national elections were held on the same day as local and gubernatorial elections as well as a general election in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. In total, there were 18,022 national and local positions decided.
Barangay officials, including barangay captains, are not to be elected in May. The 2013 Philippine barangay elections were held on October 28, 2013. However the elections for the SK Officials were held at the same time but on September 24, 2013, the Philippine Congress voted to postponement of the election at least a year.
Registration of voters and candidates
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ended the year-long registration of new voters and voters transferring residences nationwide, apart from the general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on October 31, 2012. Due the commission not allowing an extension of registration, COMELEC offices nationwide were swamped with people on the last day of registration, although the process was mostly peaceful.
The COMELEC held a week-long separate registration for prospective candidates starting from October 1. The commission is expected to release a final list of candidates by October 6. Candidates running for the Senate should file certificates of candidacies at the commission's main office at Intramuros, while those running for the other positions should file at their local COMELEC offices.
The commission completed the cleansing of the voters list in the ARMM, rejecting 236,489 names. Most were either double registrants or were too young to vote.
Registered voters who are members of the military, police, civil service and media who cannot vote at their voting precincts on election day may opt to register for local absentee voting.
The commission removed 238,557 overseas absentee voters from the voters' list after failing to manifest their intention to vote. Out of about 915,000 overseas voters, more than 200,000 had not voted in two preceding elections and were sent notices; only 29 replied and were not removed from the voters' list. However, after being slammed by the overseas Filipinos on their disenfranchisement, the commission reinstated the 238,557 overseas absentee voters; they also extended the deadline for the period of filing of the manifestation of intent to vote until election day itself. Overseas absentee voting started on April 13, and continued until election day. Depending on the diplomatic mission, a voter may vote personally or via the mail, and via manually or via the automated system. Voting in Saudi Arabia began on April 16 after the Saudi customs refused to release the voting paraphernalia in time for April 13.
Members of the police, military, members of the civil service and the media who had previously registered for local absentee voting voted for the Senate and party-list elections from April 28 to 30. Those which failed to vote at this period are still eligible to vote on election day itself. Out of the 18,332 voters that registered, 12,732 were found to be qualified by the commission and were allowed to vote. However, the commission said that the turnout was low; chairman Sixto Brillantes rued the low turnout, pointing out that the election was not on a presidential election year as the cause.
On January 13, the election period began. This allowed the commission to impose prohibitions on 24 activities, including a nationwide ban on guns and other deadly weapons on that day.
The commission released regulations on online campaigning on January 16. The COMELEC resolution stipulated that online propaganda can only be published on a website thrice a week, and allows advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners and the like. Campaigning via social websites such as Twitter and Facebook would not be regulated. This is the first election the commission has regulated online campaigning. The commission dramatically reduced the amount of airtime candidates and parties can use during the campaign period. Previously, the commission imposed a 120-minute airtime limit on every TV station and 180 minutes on radio stations; for 2013, the commission capped the cumulative airtime to 120 minutes on TV and 180 minutes on radio for all networks. This was a reversion on the 2004, 2007 and 2010 elections, and returned to the original 2001 limit. The Fair Elections Act was not clear on whether the 120 minutes for TV and 180 minutes for radio were for every station or for all stations.
The commission, in a cost-saving measure, announced on January 18 that they ruled to use plastic seals with serial numbers instead of padlocks in securing ballot boxes. Chairman Sixto Brillantes remarked that padlocks are bulky and expensive, as compared to plastic seals cannot be tampered with and are cheaper. The commission expects to save more than 50% if plastic seals will be used; plastic seals would cost the commission P14 million, while padlocks would have cost them P34.2 million. The commission also announced that voters would no longer place their thumbprints on the ballot; instead signatures would be used.
On January 23, the commission announced that it will be regulating the use of political colors, logos and insignias during the campaign. It monitored television personalities on whether they are being paid to wear colors that are connected to certain candidates. The commission also imposed a right of reply provision, that would give equal time and space for charges against candidates. This was also the first time the commission imposed the rule; the rule has been heavily opposed by the press, but Commission Rene Sarmiento said the rule balances the freedom of expression and public interest.
On mid-April, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on limiting the airtime of political advertisements by candidates by the Commission on Elections. Voting 9–6, the high court favored the petition by Team PNoy senatorial candidate Alan Peter Cayetano to halt the implementation of Resolution No. 9615 and its amendment, Resolution No. 9631. The airtime limit presently stands at an aggregate of 120 minutes in all TV networks and 180 minutes in all radio stations for all national candidates and an aggregate of 60 minutes in all TV networks and 90 minutes in all radio stations for all local candidates. Sixto Brillantes, dismayed and the high court rulings adverse to the election commission threatened to resign but later relented after a meeting with President Aquino.
Smartmatic, the source of the machines that were used in the automated elections, is embroiled in a dispute with Dominion Voting Systems over the ownership of the software that were used by the machines. This source code is mandated to be released by law. By early April, chairman Sixto Brillantes said that the deal to release the source was "97 percent" of being completed. However, on late April, Brillantes said that "I’m no longer interested because it’s too late already. Election day is so close and even if they give us the source code now, it can no longer be reviewed for lack of time." Brillantes assured the public that despite the nonexistence of the source code, the machines can still work via the binary code. On early May, senatorial candidate Richard Gordon petitioned to the Supreme Court the commission to order the latter to reveal the source code to local review groups. Gordon, who authored the law mandating the automated elections, said that the commission does not have the discretion on whether or not political parties can review the source code.
A few days after Gordon's petition, or exactly a week before the election, Brillantes announced that Smartmatic and Dominion signed an agreement releasing the source code, and that it would be presented to the public on May 8. Critics scored that the late release of the source code is not possible with only a few days remaining before the elections. On May 9, Dominion turned the source code, which was in a CD, to the commission. Dominion, the commission and SLI Global Solutions, which had certified the source code months earlier, encrypted the source code on a computer provided by the commission. The source code was then burned anew to a separate CD-R, placed inside a safety box, and was delivered to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to be kept in a vault.
The commission issued a nationwide gun ban that started on January 13, and will last for five months, until June 12, 2013, or a month after the election. By April 19, the number of violations to the gun ban was at 2,053.
The commission also issued an "expanded" liquor ban: instead of banning intoxicating substances on election day and election eve, the commission included the four days preceding the election. Foreigners and certain hotels and similar establishments were exempted. However, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a restraining order reverting to the two-day liquor ban after it upheld a petition by the Food and Beverage Inc. and International Wines and Spirits Association. The commission then withdrew its resolution instituting the five-day liquor ban, reverting the ban to two days as originally intended by law.
In order to curb vote buying, the commission issued a resolution prohibiting bank withdrawals of more than 100,000 pesos. However, Secretary of JusticeLeila de Lima expressed reservations on the constitutionality of the so-called "money ban", and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has explicitly stated that it would not comply with the commission's resolution.
The commission subsequently released a supplemental resolution amending the "money ban", which gives the banks the discretion on whether to allow bank withdrawals or not. However, the Supreme Court issued a status quo ante order against the "money ban", acting upon a petition by the Bankers Association of the Philippines.
Polls opened at 7:00 and there were over 52 million eligible voters to vote for the more than 18,000 positions. In addition, police and military forces were put on higher alert for expectations of violence which had resulted in about 60 deaths since campaigning began.
See also: 16th Congress of the Philippines
The congressmen elected in 2013, together with those senators elected in the 2010 elections shall comprise the 16th Congress of the Philippines.
Main article: Philippine Senate election, 2013
Twelve of the 24 seats in the Senate, or the seats up in odd-numbered years, are up for election, including the seat vacated in 2010 by the current president, Benigno Aquino III. Elections to the Senate are via plurality-at-large voting: the voter having 12 votes per candidate, and the candidates with the 12 highest number of votes being elected.
|Total||%||Swing||Entered||Up||Not up||Gains||Holds||Losses||Won||End 15th||16th||+/−|
|UNA(United Nationalist Alliance)[s 1]||80,257,922||26.97%||11.11%||8||1||2||1||2||0||3||3||5||21%||2|
|NPC(Nationalist People's Coalition)||30,204,220||10.15%||5.63%||2||1||1||0||1||0||1||2||2||8%|
|LDP(Struggle of Democratic Filipinos)||16,005,564||5.38%||5.38%||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||1||1||4%|
|PDP-Laban(Philippine Democratic Party – People's Power)||14,725,114||4.95%||2.72%||1||1||1||0||1||0||1||1||1||4%|
|Akbayan(Akbayan Citizens' Action Party)||10,944,843||3.68%||3.68%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Bangon Pilipinas(Rise Up, Philippines)||6,932,985||2.33%||0.15%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Makabayan(Patriotic Coalition of the People)||4,295,151||1.44%||1.44%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Ang Kapatiran(Alliance for the Common Good)||2,975,641||1.00%||0.16%||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|DPP(Democratic Party of the Philippines)||2,500,967||0.84%||0.84%||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Social Justice Society||1,240,104||0.42%||0.42%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Lakas-CMD(People Power-Christian Muslim Democrats)||Not participating||1||2||0||0||0||0||3||2||8%||1|
|PRP(People's Reform Party)||Not participating||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||4%|
House of Representatives
Main article: Philippine House of Representatives elections, 2013
All 292 seats in the House of Representatives are up. A voter had two votes in the House of Representatives elections: one for party-list representatives, which shall comprise at most 20% of the seats, and another for district representatives, which shall comprise the rest of the seats.
Elections are via first past the post system: the candidate with the highest number of votes wins that district's seat in the House of Representatives. There are 234 seats to be disputed.
|Total||%||Swing||Entered||Up||Gains||Holds||Losses||Wins||Elected||%[hd 1]||+/−[hd 2]|
|Bukidnon Paglaum(Hope for Bukidnon)||100,405||0.36%||0.36%||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0.3%|
|Kusug Agusanon(Progressive Agusan)||71,436||0.26%||0.26%||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0.3%|
|KKK(Struggle for Peace, Progress and Justice)||54,425||0.20%||0.16%||2||[hd 3]||0||0||0||0||0||0.0%|
|Akbayan(Akbayan Citizens' Action Party)||34,239||0.12%||0.12%||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||0.0%||1|
|Liberal Party coalition||10,817,770||39.22%||19.77%||165||95||22||85||9||4||112||38.6%||17|
|UNA(United Nationalist Alliance)||3,140,381||9.31%||9.31%||55||11||3||5||6||0||8||2.7%||3|
|PDP-Laban(Philippine Democratic Party – People's Power)||281,320||1.02%||0.29%||13||[hd 4]||0||0||0||0||0||0.0%|
|PMP(Force of the Filipino Masses)||144,030||0.52%||1.98%||11||[hd 5]||0||0||0||0||0||0.0%|
|KABAKA(Partner of the Nation for Progress)||94,966||0.34%||0.14%||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0.3%|