OPINION: A kiss from President Rodrigo Duterte is not just a kiss

“You’ve gotta be kidding me,” was my first thought upon seeing a video of President Rodrigo Duterte kissing an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) at an event in Seoul over the weekend. I played the video again — twice — just to make sure my eyes weren’t fooling me. Yep. That was the president of my country ...

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We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

Like the word "servant" once did, the terms helper and maid serve to perpetuate a mindset where domestic workers are seen as a lesser class of worker, one with fewer rights and...

Opinion: English-language ability sets the Philippines apart from the rest of the region, so why does Duterte poke fun at those who speak it?

Opinion: English-language ability sets the Philippines apart from the rest of the region, so why does Duterte poke fun at those who speak it?

Over the weekend, news outlets reported how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte requires his cabinet members to learn Cebuano (his mother tongue) in order to understand and...


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Coconuts Manila Opinion

Here’s where the Coconuts Manila writers and editors rant and rave about the most intriguing topics in town. We are not shy about sharing our opinions and observations. The op-ed section allows us to speak up about things that are driving us nuts. The Coconuts Manila team works to present all the possible perspectives on a particular subject. TBH, however, we have a soft spot for those who haven’t found their voices yet (like the marginalized sector who are most prone to unfair treatment and are vulnerable to abuse). Here’s the part where we try to say things that no one else has said. Most of the time, we think we make sense — but you may have a different opinion.