It used to be that when you have a question you want to ask candidates personally during national elections, you'd have to wait for the candidate to hold a campaign rally in your barangay, attend it then shoulder your way to the microphone for the Q&A portion.
Thanks to technology, the internet and traditional media's effective adoption of online social media, things are now starting to change for the better.
Case in point: ABS-CBN's Bandila HotSeat segment --
Credit: ABS-CBN, Bandila
Bandila's HotSeat segment is designed to give Filipinos on Facebook a venue where they could ask their questions straight to any candidate being interviewed on the program. If you're on Facebook, you may participate in the segment by joining Bandila's Facebook Fan Page and posting your questions on the 'wall'. If your question gets picked by Bandila staff, it will be asked by either Ces Drilon or Henry Omaga-Diaz to the guest candidate during Bandila's live broadcast.
From what I observe, Bandila features questions that can lead the candidate on hotseat to clarify issues regarding his or her persona or image -- (not so much to expound on the candidate's take on national issues like poverty, corruption, etc.).
Watch this video showing Senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel answering questions on HotSeat to get an idea of how the segment works:
What are you waiting for? Join Bandila Fan Page and post your questions now!