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Pulse Asia, SWS score vs. Comelec in latest SC ruling

(Updated 6:10 p.m.) The Supreme Court has allowed polling firms Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia to withhold the identities of their clients.

Sitting in full court, the high tribunal partially granted the request of the two firms for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a Commission on Elections (Comelec) order compelling them to reveal identities and information about their subscribers.

"The SC, en banc, acted on the petition for certiorari by.. partially granting the application for TRO by partially restraining the effectivity of COMELEC Res. No. 9674 where it compels petitioners to disclose the names, identities or other personal information of all their respective subscribers," the SC said.

The assailed Comelec ruling, Resolution 9674, promulgated on April 23 or days before the May 13 elections, required the firms to identify the “commissioners, payors and subscribers” of the pre-election surveys they conducted beginning February 12.

Reached by GMA News Online, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they cannot comment on it as they have yet to read the copy of the TRO. 
Jimenez, however, said that "as a matter of general principle, we would respect the court ruling."

The firms had earlier refused to heed the Comelec's order, saying doing so would violate their contracts with their subscribers.

The polling firms said the poll body's resolution seemed to be a usurpation of Congress' power, pointing out that only Congress can require them to reveal the names of their subscribers. — with Marc Jayson Cayabyab/KBK/RSJ, GMA News