Retaking the bar exam

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/20/2022

Grieve and take the bar exam again. This is the advice given by 2020/21 bar exam chairman Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen  to the 3,549 who did not make it for the passers list.  “Accept it as a challenge. That…

The seafarers’ votes and the party-list system

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/19/2022

The number of registered voters of the sea-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has been decreasing for the past three elections, putting again into test their impact of their sector’s votes on the party-list system. COMELEC records show…

Legal bytes: Marcos’ Ill-gotten wealth cases in the Supreme Court

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/05/2022

The Marcos dictatorship is a “well-entrenched plundering regime of 20 years”. Thus ruled the Supreme Court in PCGG v. Peña  (GR No. L-77663, April 12, 1988) in relation to the ill-gotten wealth cases where it noted the “magnitude…

Legal bytes: Untold story of killing of teachers and Manobos during Martial law referendum

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/22/2022

They deserve to die. They are activists and the noisy ones. Philippines is peaceful without them. Comments one can read after stories of human rights violations under Martial Law of the Marcos dictatorship are posted in social…

Legal bytes: Murals of hope

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/16/2022

Murals bring art into the public sphere which can be relatively effective tools of attracting attention to social issues. Mural painters  can also be target of harassments, Several men in Las Piñas City were caught on video…

Protection for women seafarers under the Magna Carta

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/08/2022

Filipino seafarers will have to wait again for another administration to have their own Magna Carta. The consolidated versions of the proposed Magna Carta for Seafarers in both houses, Senate Bill 2369 and House Bill 8057, aim…

The saga of the missing luggage

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/22/2022

One of the greatest fear of any traveller is finding out after a long day of travel that his bags didn’t make it in his airport of destination. The dilemma with missing luggage was depicted in Steven…

No salubong for the #BestBarEver2020_21

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/08/2022

#BestBarEver2020_21 became one of the trending hashtag as aspiring lawyers trooped to different locations nationwide to take the bar exams last February 4 and 6, 2022. This year’s bar is dubbed as the “best bar ever” because…

Bar Exams in the time of COVID19 pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/01/2022

Prayers will not save you in the bar exams. “Do not write a mantra, motto, prayer to deities or saints, special plea addressed to the examiner or the Bar Chairperson, or any other such extraneous text,” Supreme…

The company doctor’s incomplete and doubtful assessment  in disability benefits cases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/25/2022

A seafarer has no obligation to secure the second opinion of his personal doctor if the company doctor issued an incomplete and doubtful assessment. The Supreme Court reiterated in the case of  Joemar Bacabac vs. NYK-Fil Ship…

Homage to the Acacia trees

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/14/2022

The acacia trees of the academic oval are silent witnesses to the travails of the denizens of the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines. As a homage to my second home for a decade, I…

Lantern parade of hope and love

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/01/2022

I celebrated my birthday last December 21 by joining the “People’s Lantern Parade” which is an informal lantern parade at the Diliman campus of University of the Philippines (UP). The two hour parade, which lasted until six…

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