Seafarer’s hazardous life on board car carriers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/20/2021

While consumers enjoy driving their cars, transporting automobiles as cargoes on board vessels can have a toll to a seafarer’s health. Most seafarers live and work under extremely hazardous conditions that can cause serious short-term and long-term…

KUWENTONG KULE: Beware of the Aswangs!

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/08/2021

Philippine folklore is filled with mythical and mysterious beings, including  scary monsters like the Aswangs  that gave us many sleepless nights. The Aswang is the Philippines’ most famous carnivorous monster, a boogeyman-like predatory figure in local folklore…

KUWENTONG KULE: Memoirs of Pinatubo eruption and the US military bases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/29/2021

Thirty years ago, on June 15, 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines was considered the world’s  largest volcanic eruption. Bursts of gas-charged magma exploded into umbrella ash clouds, hot flows of gas and ash descended…

KUWENTONG KULE: My father is a hoarder and a collector

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/22/2021

I am the son of a hoarder and a collector. People wonder why we have several stuff in our house which my father did not want to dispose, especially the shoes. Papa justified this by saying that…

When contract termination coincides with medical repatriation

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/15/2021

The employer cannot escape liability on the mere fact that the seafarer finished his contract if it should have been essentially a case of medical repatriation. There are instances when the officers on board will convince a seafarer…

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…

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