The Lighter Side: The right to favorable polling

Senator Richard Gordon, a candidate in the Philippine presidential election, has sued SWS and Pulse Asia in the Quezon Regional Trial Court for publishing polls that show him lagging behind in fifth place. According to his campaign, the polls have hurt his campaign and rely upon outdated methodology. Here are some excerpts from a PhilStar article on the case: 

Gordon asked for P100,000 in nominal and tem perate damages, P500,000 in exemplary damages, and P50,000 in attorney’s fees.

“Without regard to their fundamental duty to act with justice to observe honesty and good faith, defendants SWS and Pulse Asia, for pecuniary gain and solely for reasons intended to favor their moneyed clients, have published false, fraudulent, biased and defective surveys which have undermined the campaign of Senator Gordon and (former MMDA) Chairman Bayani (Fernando) and made them as unwinnable contenders for president and vice president, respectively,” the 26-page complaint said.

At times, Gordon even sounds like Republican presidential nominee John McCain: 

Gordon, who was on a campaign sortie in Zamboanga City, said Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III maintained his lead in the surveys because of public sympathy rather than his performance in government.

It’ll be fascinating to see how the court deals with it – or if it even takes it seriously!

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