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The search for the missing seafarers of GULF LIVESTOCK 1

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/15/2020

  “Hana ni ta magawid ayu nga mapmaphod tapnu muntitiggawan tuu.” It is the Ifugao translation of “We hope you come home safe so we could see each other again”, a message  that my friend  Maya Addug-Sanchez…

‘Serving with a heart; driven to challenge change!’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/04/2020

      The forty four years of existence of Sapalo Velez Bundang Bulilan (SVBB) law offices, during which it witnessed episodes of political turmoil and economic crisis, are a testament to the sterling character and resilience…

Redeployment and fraudulent misrepresentation of a pre-existing illness

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/28/2020

  The redeployment of a seafarer cannot negate his entitlement to disability benefits on account of fraudulent misrepresentation of a pre-existing illness. The POEA employment contract states that “a seafarer who knowingly conceals and does not disclose…

Illegal salary deductions due to dubious promissory notes

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/21/2020

  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) must be vigilant against the execution of dubious promissory notes causing excessive deductions from their salaries. The Taiwan Times recently reported that six (6) Filipino fishermen accused Philippine and Taiwanese labor brokers…

Extreme weather changes and  the seafarer’s health

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/14/2020

  Seafarers have to brave storms, typhoons and high waves during the vessel’s journey which could have dramatic impact on quality of their life at sea. The job entails laborious manual tasks conducted in a moving ship…

The role of Mayor (ship’s cook) in the seafarer’s healthy diet

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/07/2020

  “Taking responsibility for the health of all human souls on their ships also defines the shipowners’ sense of humanity and justice. No ship sails without a human crew.” Thus  declared the Supreme Court in the case of…

Waivers and quitclaims in the COVID-19 pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/30/2020

  Waivers and quitclaims are ineffective in barring recovery of the full measure of a seafarer’s rights, including the underpayment of monetary benefits during their extended work on board the vessel. This was the pronouncement by Atty.…

Repatriation rights of seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/23/2020

  Let the seafarers come home! Seafarers may  exercise the right to stop working and leave ships in order to  return home is the recent strong message of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in relation to the…

The story of a seafarer COVID-19 survivor

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/09/2020

Anxiety due to lack of proper information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) might be fatal for someone infected with the pandemic virus. “I am a COVID-19 survivor and may God protect us all”. This was the…

History of pandemics due to ship voyages 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/04/2020

Many Filipinos   knew by heart the  Korean phrases like “annyeonghaseyo” (hello) or “kamsahamnida” (thank you) due to  their fascination with Koreanovelas, especially now that they had to stay home due to the COVID-19 community quarantine. “Kingdom” is one interesting Netflix series…

KUWENTONG KULE: The continuing saga of the WWII victims of sexual slavery and violence

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/28/2020

  It has been two years this week, April 27, 2018 to be exact, since  the Lola statue along Roxas Boulevard in Manila  was surreptitiously removed by the Duterte administration in order not to antagonize the Japanese government. “The Japanese…

Seafarer’s non-deployment due to replacement is a breach of contract

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/24/2020

  Failure to deploy a seafarer due to replacement by another seafarer is considered a breach of contract entitling him to damages. The Supreme Court awarded the seafarer his nine months’ worth of salary in the case…

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