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

Duterte’s latest shenanigans — in which he kissed a married woman on the lips — is simply the latest in a string of incidents that have made Filipino feminists scream bloody murder. “You gotta be kidding me,” was my first thought, upon seeing a video of President Rodrigo Duterte kissing an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) at an ...

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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...

OPINION: Welcome to the Philippines, Mr. Trudeau, now take your garbage home when you leave

OPINION: Welcome to the Philippines, Mr. Trudeau, now take your garbage home when you leave

Two years after the Asia Pacific Economoic Cooperative (APEC) Summit was held here in Manila, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is back in the city for the Association of...

OPINION: After Joey De Leon’s apology, it’s time to have an honest conversation about mental health

OPINION: After Joey De Leon’s apology, it’s time to have an honest conversation about mental health

While Filipinos were understandably outraged over Eat Bulaga host Joey De Leon’s insensitive comments last week belittling depression and mental health, the truth is they are...

OPINION: Duterte’s words are killing our youth

OPINION: Duterte’s words are killing our youth

“Please stop! I have a test tomorrow!” Those were the last words the neighbors of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos heard the high schooler say on the evening of Aug. 16 as he was...

OPINION: Dear LTFRB, stop holding Metro Manila commuters hostage

OPINION: Dear LTFRB, stop holding Metro Manila commuters hostage

Martin Delgra, chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), made a fair point today while defending the body’s recent order that Uber and Grab...

OPINION: Metro Manila Film Festival: Killing the ‘cinematic revolution’

OPINION: Metro Manila Film Festival: Killing the ‘cinematic revolution’

By Leovic Arceta This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival is back to its roots: a money-making machine monstrosity. This is a sentiment echoed by many, including myself, after...

OPINION: Jake Zyrus deserves better

OPINION: Jake Zyrus deserves better

Jake Zyrus deserved better. When the artist formerly known as Charice adopted his new name and sent out his first Tweet last week, it should have been recognized as a powerful...

‘My Family’s Slave’: Romanticizing slavery or mirror of reality?

‘My Family’s Slave’: Romanticizing slavery or mirror of reality?

It’s routinely taught in journalism classes that journalism isn’t about you. That when pursuing the news and producing stories, one — ideally — should remove...


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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.