Independent senatorial bet slapped with P1.4M countersuit by SWS, Pulse Asia


Samson Alcantara: Just protecting myself PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

MANILA, Philippines—For asking a Quezon City regional court to temporarily stop the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia from conducting senatorial preference surveys, a candidate now finds himself the subject of a P1.4-million countersuit from the two polling organizations.

SWS and Pulse Asia objected to the demand of lawyer Samson Alcantara, a senatorial candidate of the Social Justice Society, that he first be provided with the list of questions that would be posed to respondents in the surveys.

In separate replies to Alcantara’s suit filed with the court, Pulse Asia counsel Jose Manuel Diokno and SWS lawyer F. Albert Bacungan said granting the senatorial candidate’s demand would be tantamount to prior restraint on free speech.

“Pulse Asia has no legal obligation to notify plaintiff Alcantara, give him copies of survey questions to be propounded to the respondents, and data regarding respondents. [His] demand for such notice and information has no legal basis,” Diokno said.

Matters of public concern

Diokno also said that Pulse Asia’s right to conduct public opinion surveys, evaluate the results and release them to the public involves matters of public concern. He said such acts could not be lawfully restrained or enjoined unless they have been proven to pose a clear and present danger that would require the intervention of the state.

Being a senatorial candidate, Alcantara is a public figure and has “impliedly consented” to be included in surveys of legitimate public opinion polling bodies such as SWS, Diokno added.

Bacungan argued that it was the Commission on Elections and not the court that has jurisdiction over political surveys.

“It is nothing more than an attempt on the part of [Alcantara] to inquire into the lawful conduct of SWS’s legitimate right and business to conduct surveys in any and all fields, and is a prior restraint or abridgment of the freedoms of speech, expression and press, without any basis in the Constitution, in law and in the rules and regulations of the Comelec,” he said.


The two polling outfits called Alcantara’s suit “unfounded and malicious” and demanded damages. SWS claimed moral damages amounting to P1 million and another P200,000 in attorney’s fees.

Pulse Asia demanded P50,000 in exemplary damages and compensation for having to retain the services of a counsel worth P100,000 plus P10,000 per court appearance and P25,000 in liitigation expenses.

Alcantara said he had all the right to take steps to protect his chances of success in the elections and would be ready to argue the case before the court.

“I’m not questioning their right to conduct surveys. I’m merely asking what are the questions being asked in the surveys and that I be informed about it so I can protect my interests. This is also what people are asking. The activities of the polling bodies are not purely private undertakings but are impressed with public interest,” he said in an interview.


He said called the countersuits of SWS and Pulse Asia as “harassment.”

“Just because they are giant polling bodies does not mean they can do this to a cash-strapped candidate like me. I don’t even have money to campaign, how much more to pay for the damages they are seeking? This is what a poor candidate is being put through just because he’s trying to protect himself,” the lawyer said.

Alcantara cited Section 10, Article IX-C, of the Constitution, which states: “Bona fide candidates for any public office shall be free from any form of harassment and discrimination.”

The SJS candidate filed the suit last November as the polling organizations began releasing results of their senatorial surveys.

He said his chances in the May election might be jeopardized if the questions asked in the surveys were unfair, incomplete or tended to create a bandwagon effect in favor of certain candidates.

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  • cyberxed

    Hahaha… Epal kasi kaya yan SAPOL sa 1.4 M countersuit.

  • Lateralus

    ito lang yata ang senatoriable na naglakas loob na kontrahin ang mga survey firms na yan na binabayaran lang din naman ng mga pulitiko para magkaroon ng trending for their own benefit. case in point: nancy binay.

    • bongarroyo

      e bakit noong si gloria ang presidente kahit sarili niyang pa survey negative pa rin ang resulta..

    • anton kinuton

      tama ka, kasi si Atty Samson Alcantara alam ang pinaglalaban niya. Alcantara is a Bar Topnotcher and a law professor. His labor law reviewer is the most sought among bar reviewees. This man should be elected Senator.

  • $23257130

    epal. pppppppppwwwwwwwweeeehhhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwwwwww

  • Pulokoy

    me and my big mouth LOL 

  • joel genese

    Dapat din kasi na ilathala din ang mga questionaire sa survey. Baka naman ang mga tanong sa survey ay ” Sino ang mga 12 na pinaka popular na pangalan ng mga kandidato?”.

  • Keith_P

    These survey firms can publish all the survey results they want. Basta ako, walang epekto sa akin yang mga surveys na yan at di ko sasayangin ang boto ko dyan sa mga walang kwentang produkto ng tàmód nina Erap, Enrile, Binay, etc.

    • jgl414567

       Tama ka di karapatdapat iboto ang mga pangalang Binay, Enrile and Estrada, mga salot yan sa bayan!

  • Pulokoy

    what he want to do is to stop these surveys from doing their work to clear the mind sets of the people that the only senators who is going to win is the top 12 ,… of course who would want to vote for the losing candidate

    • lapuk

      tapos pag laging kasama sa survey at natalo sa actual election….AYUN….sasabihin na DINAYA siya….so pang pang-gulo lang ang survey….ALISIN na yan…bwisit..

  • alfred sanchez

    dami nagmamagaling dito they dont know what is the purpose of surveys and statistics, balik muna kayo sa college para alam nyo and besides this is freedom of speech, kung gusto nyo walang ganito sa middle east kayo tumira at sumigaw na lang ng alahu akbar

    • lapuk

      ngengot ka ba…….this is plainly “mind conditioning” by the people who want to win the election… negosyo nga ito eh….

      • alfred sanchez

        baka ikaw lang ang na condition ang utak, bobo ka kase kaya madali ka maniwala sa lahat ng bagay, sabagay squatter pare pareho naman

  • Ernesto

    ang survey kasi negosyo yan

  • Estee Muri

    Ayan na naman ang surveyor.I have  not known any of my friends  including me , na nasurvey nga. Seguro  they had surveyed MOSTLY those in favor of what they want for an answer. Why not give it to Mr.Alcantara your questionnaire kung valid  o hindi ang questions or if the Questions is  bias!

  • Bentong

    sensi. Baka totoo.

  • Jojo Aquino

    dapat ilagay ang mga pangalan ng mga taong sinurvey ng sws and pulse asia. pati profile ng taong tinanong.. malay  ba ng mamayan baka tinanong lang yung manok na pansabong ni juan. 

    • Jojo Aquino

      napakadaling gumawa ng survey mas lalot may pangalan na sa industry yung survey firm.. bayaran lang ng milyon tyak lalabas ang survey na gusto mo. pero dapat ipinapaliwanag din pano nila ginawa. para fair at  hindi bias. I know ginamit ang statistics pero hindi ganun ka accurate ang survey pagdating sa statistics ..

      • Jojo Aquino

        sample na lang di  kilala si Nancy Binay  sa visayas and mindano pero akalain mo napunta sa top 12 kasama si JV ejercito? akalain mo nga nmn..

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Exactly.  This survey looks like they simply made it up. No breakdown on geographical data. Ex. age, financial status, location etc..

      • alfred sanchez

         kung hindi ka naniniwala sa survey bakit yung result almost the same ng survey? ibig ba sabihin binayaran din nila yung taga comelec? binayaran din ng survey, etc, hilig mo sa conspiracy theory dong balik ka na lang sa bisaya at dun kayo bumoto

  • ero


  • whyinthisworld

    Suggest let’s vote for alcantara in place of nancy binay. I hope alcantara will not be eaten by dirty system in case he won. but this remain to be seen. 

  • Fred

    Gustong gusto ni SamsonAlcantara ang ginawa ng SWS at Pulse. Libreng media mileage, PR
    at advertisement all together para malaman ng masa na kandidato pala sya!

  • Albin

    SWS and Pulse Asia is business. Their ‘survey’ result used to depend on the highest bidder. Now, it’s mostly as per the desire of the palace communications people.

    • ern

      their margin of error will speak for their reliability. Why waste your time if to you they are nothing? Consult a crystal ball instead.

      At ano naman ang kinalaman ng palace sa trabaho ng survey firms, you crab!

  • Edandlye Pogi

    Tama si Alcantara! Iboboto kita.

  • Danilo Navarro


    • northstar

      Atty. Samson S. Alcantara is 3rd Placer Bar Topnotcher during his time. He is no innocent on any laws. I am confident that he knows what he’s doing. Keep going Atty. Alcantara and God bless you.

    • Lateralus

       danilo navarro who??

  • kismaytami

    Pera-pera lang yang mga survey na yan.

  • juan dela cruz

    survey firms are for the rich only… 

  • Albert Einstien

    WALA ng NANINIWALA sa SURVEY ngayon MIND CONDITIONING lang VALUE nyan ngayon..DAPAT talaga BAWAL yan survey 2 years before any election…SAN ka naman NAKAKITA ng SURVEY WEEKLY nagpapalit ang SURVEY RESULTS ..isa lang ibig sabihin nyan….lol

  • JohnDoeGB

    Dapat wala ng surveys 6 months before the elections. Mind conditioning lang naman kasi yan… alam naman natin na ayaw ng mga pinoy ang talunan… syempre magbabandwagon effect yan kung sino sikat at angat sa survey sya rin ang iboboto ng tao para lang masabi nila na panalo yung manok nila.

    Atty. Alcantara nasa likod mo kami. Tama yang pinaglalaban mo!

  • malek_abdul

    Quote “It is nothing more than an attempt on the part of [Alcantara] to
    inquire into the lawful conduct of SWS’s legitimate right and business
    to conduct surveys….” Unquote

    The poll surveys are not merely gathering opinions from voters. They are actually campaigning for their favored candidates who have paid them a lofty sum of money. Its their business!

  • Boy

    WALA naman talagang naniniwala na sa mga survey2 na to, Akala nila nagogoyo ang mga tao. Ang lakas kaya ni Villar sa survey. yun pala kulelat pag dating sa butohan. Kung sinong may pera siyang nangunguna? Si Loren and Chiz?

  • Boy

    Iboboto ko si Alcantara! May God bless your bid in the senate.

  • Donardo Cuago


    • anton kinuton

      You’ll not get disappointed. Atty Samson Alcantara deserves to be in the Senate. He is a lot more capable than a number of present senator and senatorial candidates. He is a bar topnotcher, he is the best professor in labor and political law, he is the best labor law reviewer and his labor law review book is the best. Let’s vote for him!!

      • Donardo Cuago

        Our country’s many problems were never caused by the lack of the BRIGHTEST or the BEST among our leaders.  Remember MARCOS and MACAPAGAL-ARROYO or even ENRILE??? 

        I’ve long realized that INTELLIGENCE IS NOT ENOUGH.  What I demand from our candidates are WISDOM, DISCERNMENT and SELF-DISCIPLINE to resist the tremendous temptations of being in POWER so that they will be genuinely concerned about the future generations of FILIPINOS and not just the next ELECTION.   For example, how can our legislators craft effective laws if most or if not all of them do not experience the daily lives of ordinary Filipinos?  They do not have an idea how much Filipinos have to endure daily just to survive.

        WHAT IF…magkaroon ng parang REALITY SHOW featuring all political candidates. It’s going to be a 30-day challenge: “LIVE THE LIFE OF AN ORDINARY FILIPINO!” Walang luxury whatsoever, they r going to live in a slum area, wash their own clothes, do menial jobs to earn a living etc, etc.

        Unlike in the present set-up of a typical election campaign…na puro speech! WE ALL KNOW TALK IS CHEAP. THEY R MORE THAN WILLING TO SAY ANYTHING JUST TO GET VOTES.


      • muddygoose

        Gloria is smart? Didn’t even manage to enter UP. =P

      • popeyee

        Bakit lahat ba ng taga-UP ay smart? you’re wrong..

  • kilabot

    labanan mo alcantara. 
    para makilala ka ng mga botante; 
    at madisiplina yang sws-pa.

  • boybakal

    Independent senatorial bet slapped with P1.4M countersuit by SWS, Pulse Asia…

    Poor Samson Alcantara….the poorest among the candidates and slapped with 1.4m counter suit by SWS and Pulse Asia.
    He cannot even afford tv time, air time and trampoline.
    Anyway, the SWS and Pulse Asia are giving him publicity…BAD or GOOD…that is publicity.
    Vote for Samson….and Alacantara.

    • akongednamzug

      Paano at kailan ginagamit ang isang TRAMPOLINE sa pangangampanya?

  • markotres

    Iboto si Samson Alcantara sa halip ni Nancy Binay na ni katiting na karanasan ay wala maliban sa taga bilang ng salapi ni Jojo Binay..Maging wise sa pagboto .

    • anton kinuton

      Alcantara Yes!! Binay No!!

  • TOINKZ_06

    In separate replies to Alcantara’s suit filed with the court, Pulse Asia counsel Jose Manuel Diokno and SWS lawyer F. Albert Bacungan said granting the senatorial candidate’s demand would be tantamount to prior restraint on free speech.

    TANTANGA talaga SWS and PA……… Bias talaga kayo mga manloloko. 

  • Barangkuag

    Sige lang apo lakay Samson Alcantara. I will campaign for you sir!!!

  • hosay

    SWS and Pulse Asia are for sale

    • Pedro_Gil

      No, SOLD na ang dalawa sa highest bidder. Pera pera lang talaga yan.  Senator Alcantara, ikaw na!!

  • Yxon

    wil vote for you mr alcantara and the other new names running for senator; no more dynasty; no more sons, daughters, btothers, sisters of old poiticians.  you had been given the chance but you wasted it.  time for new faces who are also able.

  • Pio Gante

    malabo na nga ang tsansa mo na mahahal eh mas lalo pang lumabo dahil kaya ka nilang ilagay na kulelat sa listahan ng mga pwedeng maging senador. makapangyarihan ang mga nagmamamay-ari ng mga survey firms at lahat ay gagawin nila upang di mapatigil ang daloy ng limpak limpak na kwarta na dumadapo sa mga palad nila lalo sa panahon ng halalan. 

  • Manuel

    I will vote for Atty. Samson Alcantara who is a newcomer in politics.  With his reputation as a labor law expert and pre-bar reviewer in labor law, he might be able to introduce legislation that would amply protect workers rights and interests.

  • Komen To

    The results of a survey are mere opinions of the research companies based on their data, but not real facts. If Alcantara expresses his own opinion against the research company, it is using the same feedom of speech that this companies are using to announce the results of their surveys. I cannot believe their case against Alcantara merited probable cause in court.

    Anyway, I will vote for you Alcantara and when you win, control these research companies

  • muddygoose

    Don’t see the problem with requiring SWS/Pulse to reveal their methodologies. Otherwise, no one can review and they cannot claim that they are actually being scientific.

  • Opel

    Run samson run delilah is on her way. Kahit ala ka chance will still vote for u sir! eshashade ko ng tudo bilog sa pangalan nyo

  • Joseph Salonga

    bakit pag kilalang politicians pumuna sa survey ng SWS di nila mademanda. nag tatanong lang.

    • Adrian Asis

      kasi di naman sila nagdemanda tulad nitong si alcantara

  • mikolin

    Lets STOP political dynasty and vote for deserving first timer candidate like Prof. Samson Alcantara.

  • mikolin

    VOTE  for Senator Samson Alcantara and STOP political dynasty in the our country.  Now the time to change the political landscape in the Philippines wherein not only the rich and powerful were the once controlling our country destiny.

  • Danyel

    ok yan si alcantara……no. 2 or 3 yata cya sa Bar Exams….prof cya ng Labor Law at incorporator ng Review Center (Lex Reviews) sa EAC dati ang venue……

    yang mga survey na yan ay nababayaran naman talaga ng rich candidates…….almost 5 decades na ako sa mundo e ni minsan wala pa akong nakitang survey sheet e pakalat kalat lang naman ako sa kalye…….

  • PikonNaKami

    If the survey question is “Kilala mo ba si Nancy Binay na anak ni VP Binay?” and the respondents are from Barangay Cembo in Makati, then Nancy Binay surges to no 4 in the surveys!

    These “survey” companies should show the public what the questions are.

  • against_discrimination

    i will vote for him. i will tell all my friends on fb!

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