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Comelec summons polling firms, seeks to clarify who paid for senatorial surveys

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The Philippines' election commission has summoned two major polling companies, asking them whether politicians have commissioned opinion surveys, especially those regarding the Senate race in May.

A hearing has been set for April 15, 2013, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Thursday. During the hearing, the body is expected to hear the sides of two major polling companies--Pulse Asia Inc. and Social Weather Stations--which will be then asked to divulge their subscribers to ensure that no politicians are involved.

Earlier, both Pulse Asia Inc. and Social Weather Stations have said that their surveys were not commissioned by anyone.
 
“We are setting a clarificatory hearing for surveys,(we want to know) sa mga lumalabas na surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and SWS only on the issue of who commissioned the survey and/or who paid the survey which under the law, poll companies should inform the Commission who paid the survey," Brillantes said.
 
“So walang nag-commission, ang tanong sino ang nagbayad. Hindi naman siguro sila mag-aabono sa sarili nilang pera. Bakit sila naman sila gagastos on their own, they are supposed to be non-profit, non-stock company,” Brillantes said.

[If no one commissioned the survey, the question is who paid for it. The firms are not be expected to pay for it on their own.]

Brillantes added that the poll body sought to clarify whether non-commissioned surveys were conducted for their subscribers and not for politicians or political parties.
 
The poll chief also said that the hearing is not a formal investigation but will only serve to identify the subscribers who pay to conduct the survey.

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