No truly independent foreign policy of PH with Balikatan exercises

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/18/2024

The Philippines must pursue a truly independent foreign policy, free from entanglements with any big powers. Coalition activist and Woman Health NGO advocate Princess Nemenzo said that foreign bases do not contribute to the Philippines’ security but…

Universal jurisdiction over pirates as ‘the enemy of all mankind’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/10/2024

Pirates are “hostes humani generis” or latin for “the enemy of all mankind”. Piracy is a crime not against any particular state but against all mankind. Thus, declared Supreme Court Associate Justice George Malcom in the case…

Cebu as holder of most wins for Reyna ng Aliwan

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/04/2024

Cebu remained the holder of the most wins in the Reyna ng Aliwan pageant with the recent crowning of Mia Loureen Tamayo as Aliwan Reyna for 2024. Tamayo of Pasigabro sa Sugbo Festival is the successor of…

Filipino seafarers: Raise the flag for them!

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/26/2024

A special  flag raising ceremony was held last June 25, 2024 at the Rizal Monument in Luneta in celebration of the Day of the Seafarers in honor of all the hard working Filipino mariners. The 2010 Conference of Parties to…

A dark Father’s Day for rape victims

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/20/2024

Fatherhood extends beyond simple procreation and biology. “Every family needs a father — a father who shares in his family’s joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children, and offers them firm guidance and love,” says Pope…

Honoring the Philippine flag and national anthem

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/12/2024

The Philippine Flag is permanently displayed from May 28 to June 30 by all government offices and agencies, businesses, educational institutions and private residences to celebrate the country’s independence and promote patriotism. National Flag Day in the…

Giant Philippine flag in the Independence Day parade in New York

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/11/2024

NEW YORK — A huge Philippine flag, estimated  to be 25  by 50 feet,  is one of the  highlights of the parade in celebration of the 126th Independence Day parade on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Considered as  the world’s largest celebration…

Galleon trade sailors as first Filipino settlers in the United States 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/05/2024

One of the first Filipino settlers in the United States were seafaring people who arrived as sailors and navigators on board Spanish ships during the Galleon trade. Manila galleon trade refers to the trade route between Acapulco…

Execution bond removed in the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/04/2024

The latest version of the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers deleted the contentious provision on the execution bond. “This provision makes no sense. The reason a seafarer is asking for those benefits is because he has nothing…

‘Red-tagging’ is a threat to people’s life, liberty, and security

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/15/2024

“Red-tagging” is a threat to people’s life, liberty, and security. Thus declared the Supreme Court in the case of, Deduro v. Maj. Gen. Vinoya (G.R. No. 254753, July 4, 2023)  that overturned a lower court’s 2023 decision dismissing…

Cyberlibel as legal threat to media practitioners

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/08/2024

The threat of being prosecuted for libel stifles the dynamism of the conversations that take place in cyberspace. Thus declared Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in the case of Disini vs Secretary of Justice (G.R.…

Songkran water festival as a  celebration of life 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/24/2024

Water is life. Each culture has it’s own way of recognizing the value of water as part of rituals and practices, either for bathing, washing, drinking, or as a sacrifice. Water covers 70 percent of the earth’s…

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