Amicus Curiae: Loyalty and honesty in the practice of legal profession

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/26/2022

A lawyer, in some instances, is confronted with tricky cases that will test one’s knowledge of the law and the willingness to compromise honesty. Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a Korean series that revolves around Woo Young-woo (Park…

Our Lady of the Sea

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/19/2022

Faith is the most powerful weapon in overcoming difficult emotional or even dangerous conditions and in making life at sea bearable in many ways.  Prayers for safe voyages is the driving force behind the construction of Basilica…

Immorality and disbarment 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/12/2022

Passing the “best bar ever” for the new 8,241 lawyers is not enough: they have to be reminded of the highest standards of morality expected from members of the legal profession. Discussion on disbarment is an interesting…

Roe vs Wade and abortion debate in the Philippines

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/05/2022

Aside from politics, nothing has polarized nations than the issues of population growth control, abortion and contraception and their perceived consequences. Abortion again became viral in social media with the recent overturning by the US Supreme Court…

Devotion to Our Lady of Caysasay and Ma-Cho, Chinese patron saint of seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/28/2022

Paying homage to Lady of Caysasay in Batangas and Ma-Cho in La Union is a confluence of tradition practiced by both Filipinos and Tsinoys in simultaneous Christian and Chinese rituals. Dr. Christina Lee, Ph.D, presented the linkage between…

A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/21/2022

“A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park.” I usually cite this  quote from the Supreme Court case of Oriental Ship mgt. vs. Bastol (G.R. No. 186289 June 29, 2010) as an opening statement…

Breach of  a promise to marry

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/07/2022

A mere breach of a promise to marry is not an actionable wrong as long as it is not of such extent as would palpably and unjustifiably contradict good customs. In any case, the party seeking to recover damages must have acted…

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…

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