PINOY MARINO RIGHTS: A seafarer as a Mama’s boy and psychological incapacity

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/20/2019

    A  marriage may have failed because  a seafarer acted as a mama’s boy, but it cannot be declared void ab initio on the ground of psychological incapacity.   One of the unfortunate consequence of seafarers working away for…

Aurora and the maritime tragedies in the Philippines

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/30/2018

The film Aurora won as 2nd best picture, best cinematography, best in visual effects, best sound, best child performer for Phoebe Villamor in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival. Anne Curtis is cast as Leana, a young…

Stowaways and seafarer’s dismissal

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/17/2018

A seafarer may be dismissed in the event that he is found to be committing unauthorized acts in connivance with or cuddling of stowaways. The International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF) defines a stowaway as a person who…

Interim disability grading in seafarer’s claims

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/10/2018

The declaration for interim disability grade is merely an initial determination of a seafarer’s condition for the time being and cannot be considered as a definite prognosis. Without a valid final and definitive assessment from the company-designated…

-Gambling as a ground for dismissal

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/03/2018

Gambling is one of the twenty one (21) offenses which are considered valid grounds for dismissal under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-Standard Employment Contract (POEA-SEC), which covers any of the following acts: a. gambling which results in…

Seafarers’ claims to be delayed by placing awards in Escrow

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/26/2018

Manning agencies are pushing for the inclusion of an escrow provision in the proposed Magna Carta which is a mere dilatory tactic in the execution of the seafarers’ monetary awards. The provision in essence aimed to amend…

Illegal withholding of seafarer’s travel documents

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/19/2018

Manning agencies and foreign principals and employers can be held criminally liable for illegally withholding seafarers’ travel documents. In many instances of non-deployment, many seafarers complain of withholding of travel documents like the passport and Seafarer’s Identification…

The misplaced ‘balancing of interest’ in the Seafarers’ Magna Carta

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/12/2018

The manning agencies are throwing off-balance the already imbalanced legal battle on seafarers claims in connection with the proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers. They consistently used the phrase “balancing the interest of the seafarer and the…

Seafarer’s death after medical repatriation

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/05/2018

Heirs of a deceased seafarer cannot be denied of death benefits even if he dies after his medical repatriation as long as its cause (the work-related injury or illness) had occurred during the term of his employment.…

of the third doctor referral in seafarer’s cases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/22/2018

The POEA contract does not require a specific period within which the parties in a case involving a seafarer’s disability claims may seek the opinion of a third doctor. They may do so even during the mandatory…

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