To teach law in the grand manner and to make great lawyers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/29/2022

Under the Canons of Professional Ethics, a lawyer should strive at all times to uphold the honor and to maintain the dignity of the legal profession. This is the same message of former Vice President Leni Robredo…

2022 Bar exam question on seafarer’s disability benefits claims

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/22/2022

Can a seafarer be entitled to compensation for disability benefits if he finished his employment contract? This is one of the questions included in the 2022 Bar Examinations for Labor Law and Social Legislations. Marino, a seafarer,…

Flowers for Lolas: The comfort women statues as reminders of Japanese wartime atrocities

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/15/2022

SEOUL, South Korea – The gaze of the “Statue of Peace” is a reminder that the comfort women’s shameful and negative memories should not be forgotten but instead be remembered. During my recent visit in Seoul, I…

Res Ipsa Loquitor: Risks of crowd crush or stampede in Philippine religious festivities 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/08/2022

The risk of a similar tragic Itaewon crowd crush happening in the Philippines is not farfetched due to the religious mass gatherings like the Black Nazarene and Penafrancia processions. At least 150 people died of cardiac arrest…

Rituals to memorialize the dead

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/01/2022

BUSAN, South Korea — Throughout history, regardless of time or place, people have always nurtured a fascination with death. Despite cultural differences, we share a common desire to memorialize the dead. While the reasons might be different,…

Binge-watching  with Korean dramas

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/25/2022

SEOUL, South Korea —  Pinoys are hooked to Korean dramas, or K-dramas, due to their charisma: complex, lovable, flawed characters with compelling personal stories, raw emotion-packed acting, and beautiful cinematography and directing. Senator Jinggoy Estrada has earned…

Busan as a mecca for movie buffs

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/18/2022

BUSAN, South Korea — Busan became a byword to many because of the 2016 South Korean film “Train to Busan”. It is an action horror film that mostly takes place on a high-speed train from Seoul to…

Red-tagging as an attack on the independence of the judiciary

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/04/2022

Red-tagging, also known as red-baiting, is a pernicious practice as part of the government’s counterinsurgency efforts that targets individuals or organizations critical or not fully supportive of the actions of a sitting administration. This include publicly accusing…

Flowers and prayers for missing Filipino seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/27/2022

Seafaring is one of the most dangerous profession due to perils where some may go missing or die in maritime disasters or unknown reasons. “A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park,”…

Flowers for Lolas: Three decades of Filipina  comfort women’s fight for justice

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/20/2022

A Mass and flowers were offered last Saturday at the Redemptorist Church grounds in Baclaran, Parañaque to mark the 30th anniversary of Filipina comfort women’s fight for justice. Thirty years ago, it was on Sept. 18, 1992…

Nelia Sancho and the saga of the Filipina comfort women

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/06/2022

Unlike most beauty title holders, who usually pursued modelling or showbiz careers, Nelia Sancho was popularly described as “beauty queen turned women’s rights activist. I greeted her virtually during her 71st birthday last August 30 just to…

Cinemalaya’s award winning  Martial Law-themed films

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/23/2022

Cinemalaya Film Festival has always been a significant avenue for works that are “social and political commentaries” including Martial Law-themed movies that bagged major awards: Pisay (2007), Sigwa (2010), Aparisyon (2012) Respeto ( 2017), Liway (2018), and…

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