Editor’s note: As part of our Beta Launch, RealTalk will be featuring several people from varying walks of life to talk about the importance of truth-telling, fact checking and the dangers of fake news and post-truth politics.
For this edition, we interviewed BJ and Ferdielyn Sta. Maria for the first short feature. The couple currently has two young boys and are residents of Labores in Pandacan, Manila. We asked them about the importance of teaching the value of truth-telling to kids and how this reflects how we assess the performance of those in elected office.
We also talked to Donn Bernal, a councilor of UP Diliman’s University Student Council. We asked Donn about the importance of the role of national leaders in setting a good example to student leaders, as well as the importance of knowing the needs of the citizens in pushing for legislative and administrative policies in the Philippine government.