‘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…

VAWC and child support

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/18/2024

Even if the marriage is declared void, the obligation to give support to a minor child subsists. This was the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Wilfredo Ruiz v. AAA (GR 231619 November 15,…

Second Sunflower Run as a campaign on  empowerment  of women and children

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/10/2024

  On March 29, 1984, Proclamation No. 2346 was enacted declaring April 30 as “Woman Suffrage Day” to enable Filipino women to “renew their advocacy and support for clean, honest and free elections and pursue with greater…

Mary Magdalene, Easter and ‘Noli me Tangere’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/03/2024

Easter is closely related to Jose Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere since it is lifted from a biblical line on resurrection in the New Testament gospel of St. John (20:17). In English, it is usually translated as…

Whips for flogging as symbols of sufferings

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/27/2024

Whips  symbolize sufferings — Christ  in the hands of the Roman soldiers and the cruelties to Filipinos under Spanish colonial rule. Filipino Catholics are known for having sincere, enormous and extreme expressions of piety considering that the…

History of Christianity in the Philippines through the ‘Magellan’ song of Boholano Yoyoy Villame 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/20/2024

March 16 is a significant date in history of Christianity in the Philippines — it was in 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines while it was in 1565, or 44 years later, when the Legazpi-Sikatuna…

Juan Luna’s  crime of passion

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/13/2024

The “Portrait of a Lady” or “Mi Novia” is Juan Luna’s famous painting, mistaken by many as that of his wife, Paz Pardo de Tavera, who became a victim of crime of passion. The painting depicted a…

Boat as a metaphor for our maritime culture

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/07/2024

“The story of our nation began with a boat.” This was the opening statement of Historian Xiao Chua lifted from an essay titled “The boat as a metaphor of nation” on our ancestors’ maritime culture which he…

Flowers for Lolas: Remembering the 1945 Rape of Manila

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/28/2024

“The non-combatant victims of that tragic battle will remain forever in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people”. This is part of the inscription penned by  Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature, on the “Memorare Manila…

‘No to Cha Cha’ in UP Fair and Oblation Run

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/21/2024

“No to Charter Change (Cha Cha)” reverberated  during  the recent two main events in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines : the Oblation Run and the UP Fair. The  House of Representatives  is attempting…

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