Gadon gets two things wrong in rant vs. SWS, Pulse Asia

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Senatorial candidate lawyer Larry Gadon


Lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon, who is seeking a Senate seat, made two false claims in an expletive-laden outburst against polling firms Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia Research.

Trailing in the latest voter preference surveys, Gadon on Jan. 21 petitioned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to bar the two polling firms from releasing “flawed and fake” pre-election results, saying surveys are a “mind conditioning scheme.”


Weeks after media published senatorial surveys attributed to SWS and Pulse Asia, he slammed the two polling firms in a viral Facebook video:

Fifty-five milyon ang botanteng Pilipino. Mag-su-survey sila ng 1,800 tapos idedeklara nila ‘yung mga top 12 daw? Aba eh nakapakalaking kalokohan! (There are 55 million Filipino voters. They survey 1,800 people and declare a top 12? That’s a big joke!)

Source:, MOCHA USON BLOG, Jan. 21, 2019, watch from 0:08 to 0:19

The video, shared by 61 Facebook pages including that of former Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, could have reached 7.3 million people.


There are more than 61 million registered voters who will decide the outcome of the May 13 elections, according to the Comelec. Gadon understated the figure by 6 million.

In September 2018, SWS polled 1,500 adults nationwide: 600 from Balance Luzon and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.

In December, Pulse Asia interviewed 1,800 adults, who were chosen based on this detailed distribution.

The number of respondents in the SWS and Pulse Asia electoral surveys have statistical basis.

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