Seafarer’s compensation cases and company doctor’s declarations

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/23/2021

Courts are not bound by the medical findings of the company doctors in the determination of  compensation cases filed by Filipino seafarers. In most seafarer cases for disability or death benefits claims, one of the arguments often…

The tale of a shotgun wedding, psychological incapacity and annulment

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/16/2021

Mere refusal to cohabit with one’s spouse will not be automatically considered as a psychological disorder in annulment cases. Like in telenovelas, a seafarer’s story of shotgun wedding or pikot that led to an annulment case became the…

 Barricades of the Diliman Commune

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/09/2021

“Raise high the barricades!” was the headline of the February 4, 1971 issue of the Philippine Collegian that chronicled the so called  Diliman Commune. The Diliman Commune occurred 50 years ago, from February 1 – 9, 1971, as…

Male seafarers as victims of sexual harassment

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/02/2021

Male seafarers can be the subject of sexual harassment while working on board the vessel entitling them to moral damages. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and everyone. The Supreme Court stressed in the case of Richard…

Sto. Nino and the religiosity of Filipino seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/19/2021

Viva Sto. Nino! The Sto. Niño is venerated all over the country with annual festivals celebrated every last two weekends of January through special masses, dances and processions attracting millions of devotees and tourists. The main religious festivals…

Shortchanging in Filipino seafarer’s remittances

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/12/2021

Filipino seafarers are being shortchanged in the conversion of their dollar remittances to pesos which a blogger described as a “thievery” in the maritime industry. It is a known practice of some unscrupulous manning agents to shave…

Starting 2021 with a collision  

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/05/2021

The year 2021 for me started with a bang, literally, due to a car accident. On my way home from the grocery evening of January 1, my car was hit along C5 extension in Las Pinas by…

Manunggul jar ‘ship-of-the-dead’ and the journey to afterlife

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/29/2020

The journey of the soul to the afterlife was closely associated by early Filipinos to maritime culture as represented by the “ship-of-the-dead” burial container called Manunggul Jar. I saw the burial jar twice during my visits to two…

Seafarer’s arthritis as a compensable work-related illness

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/24/2020

Arthritis is considered as compensable work-related illness for seafarers  who performed tasks onboard  the vessel  that involved unduly heavy physical labor and joint strain. The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The typical symptoms of…

 The ‘David and Goliath’ legal  battle for seafarers’ death benefits

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/03/2020

    The maritime profession has always been identified as a high risk workplace that remains replete with health and safety hazards in relation to the  risks of accidents, illnesses and mortality. The seafarer is often mentally, physically…

The plight of maritime cadets as utility boys

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/27/2020

  The proliferation of cadets serving as utility boys is an issue that is widely known in the maritime industry but seldom addressed. Although some maritime students are accepted as trainees, there are those that first function…

Damages for unjustified withholding of the  seafarers’  travel documents

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/20/2020

  Manning companies are liable for damages due to unjustified withholding of seafarers’ travel documents preventing them  from seeking lucrative employment elsewhere. The Supreme Court considered as an act tantamount to bad faith the company’s arbitrary imposition…

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