Brillantes wants survey subscribers named



Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said he would compel survey firms like Social Weather Station (SWS) and Pulse Asia to identify not just their financiers but also the subscribers of their preelection surveys.

“We feel that they have to disclose and we shall order them to disclose,” Brillantes said after the Comelec held a hearing on a demand of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance that SWS disclose the identities of those who commission their surveys.

“We will compel them. They have to go to the Supreme Court to stop us. Otherwise, we will do something. Any violation of our resolution and the law has a criminal aspect,” he added.

The SWS already disclosed that the survey they conducted in February that showed administration candidates ahead of others, was “non-commissioned,” or financed by the SWS itself. But the survey group insisted that the law does not require them to disclose the subscribers of their information.

“The law does not require us to disclose the subscribers precisely because it is our position that they did not pay for the surveys,” argued SWS lawyer Albert Bacungan during the hearing.

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  • $20926843

    This writer have been a staunch critic to this SOB brilliantes, but this time I admire him for having the initiative and guts to force this equally SOB’s survey firms to reveal the SOB’s people who are commissioning and paying for their mind conditioning surveys. This survey firms should not disabuse the mind of the general public by denying and lying through their teeth that no one commissioned and paid for the surveys they conducted.

  • tamoy garra

    if it is a fault, then it is not the fault of those survey firms. The fault lies more on the NEWS MEDIA which carried it as News!

  • disqusted0fu

    Of all decisions of the Comelec under the leadership of Brillantes, this must be the only commendable one. These surveys are being used to brainwash the public with lies. And in this campaign season, it serves as a tool to condition the minds of the electorate in the goal of a 12-0 sweep by team pnoy, which of course the survey firms will not allow without any sort of compensation.


    kung magresign si brilliantes, ay makinang pa rin ang mga carpio sa pinas jas-tiis. comelec ay magiging kami-ay-i-elek.

  • eltee2012

    >>>any kind of surveys done before, during and after elections must be stopped and prohibited.

  • Ako_Hiking

    And the Filipino people want PCOS machines being used for the elections to work properly. The only problem is that less than a month…those machines still are missing the source codes and are still not scanning the ballots properly. Shouldn’t Aquino put some form of urgency to make sure the machines get fixed on time.

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