MARLAWPH: Listen to the Filipinos’ clamor to defend our sovereign rights

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/08/2021

Listen and respond to the clamor of the Filipinos to defend their sovereign rights and entitlements in the West Philippines Sea (WPS). In a published statement, the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MARLAWPh) called on the…

Clemency for delisted seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/01/2021

A seafarer who is penalized with delisting from the registry of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) may be granted clemency under certain circumstances. Clemency is the power given to a public official to lower the harshness of…

Mutiny as ground for dismissal 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/26/2021

Mutiny has become a common plot for blockbusters like the 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film centered on the 1839 revolt aboard the Spanish-owned ship La Amistad during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain…

Psychological incapacity is a legal concept in declaration of nullity of marriage cases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/18/2021

Psychological incapacity is a legal concept, not a medical one, where the testimony of a psychologist or psychiatrist as evidence is not mandatory in declaration of nullity of marriage cases. This was the recent ruling by the…

Kuwentong Kule: The sinking of Bohol during the fiesta month of May

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/11/2021

If not for the pandemic, Bohol should have been sinking this month. It is jokingly said Bohol is “sinking” during May because the population of the island during this month is multiplied twice, thrice, or even four…

VAWC hanging over seafarers’ heads like the ‘Sword of Damocles’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/13/2021

The Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act (VAWC) or R.A. No.9262, in some instances, can be considered a ‘Sword of Damocles” hanging over a seafarer’s head, specially in support issues. The “Sword of Damocles” is an allusion to…

KUWENTONG KULE: The growing danger of practicing the legal profession

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/07/2021

It was 1:30 a.m. April 6, 1999, a  Tuesday, when a friend sent a message via my beeper which read: “Dennis, Congrats! You are now officially Atty. Gorecho.” I was among the lucky 1,465 examinees who passed, or…

A Filipina’s tale of Mt.Everest, the seven summits and the  Balangay

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/31/2021

Take the risk: “the danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort,” says writer Paulo Coelho. Philippine Coast Guard’s Carina Dayondon agrees in relation to her journey as the first Filipina to…

‘Personal comfort’ doctrine and compensability of injuries during recreational activities

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/23/2021

A seafarer’s injury during any recreational activity such as a videoke session is compensable under the “personal comfort” doctrine. The Supreme Court utilized this legal paradigm in the recent case of John Oscares vs. Magsaysay Maritime Corp.…

500 years of Christianity and the  ships of faith

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/16/2021

My early grasp of the history of Christianity in the Philippines at a young age perhaps can be traced to the “Magellan” parody song of fellow Boholano Yoyoy Villame. “On March 16, 1521. When Philippines was discovered…

Challenges of women seafarers in a male-dominated  maritime industry

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/09/2021

The word “seafarer” has replaced the word “seaman” in the male-dominated maritime industry, often considered as politically-correct word due to the increasing presence of women in the profession in recent decades. In older times, the term “seaman” was…

Seafarer’s compensation cases and company doctor’s declarations

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/23/2021

Courts are not bound by the medical findings of the company doctors in the determination of  compensation cases filed by Filipino seafarers. In most seafarer cases for disability or death benefits claims, one of the arguments often…

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