Migrant fishermen and debt bondage

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/26/2021

Delicious seafood in a menu might have a dark side: labor issues involving migrant fishermen that have long troubled the global fishing industry. In the piece “Worked to Death”, journalists from Environmental Reporting Collective worked together to…

Spinal conditions  as compensable work-related illnesses

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/19/2021

A seafarer’s spinal illness  is considered compensable due to strenuous activities on board the vessel that could have led to or at least aggravated his work-related medical conditions. The Supreme Court used this rationale in granting  total permanent…

Noise and seafarer’s hearing loss

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/12/2021

Losing hearing is a serious medical condition for a seafarer as it impacts his physical and economic well-being. A seafarer’s hearing loss may be caused or aggravated by his working environment like noise entitling him to disability…

Music and myths of the mermaids

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/05/2021

We grew up with legends and myths about creatures, divine beings and gods, including those where water plays an important role. Mysteries and myths of the ocean became interesting topics during an episode of the annual Boses…

Filipino seafarers as Philippine’s gifts to the world

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/28/2021

“Filipino seafarers are our gifts to give to the world and to the Church.” Words that became part of the homilies of Masses for the 26th National Seafarers Day (NSD)  last Sunday, September 26, 2021. Former president Fidel V.…

Faith as a seafarer’s weapon

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/21/2021

A seafarer’s faith is his most powerful weapon  in overcoming difficult emotional, or even dangerous, shipboard conditions and in making life at sea bearable in many ways. During the guesting of past winners of the Ten Outstanding…

KUWENTONG PEYUPS: Lean Alejandro and UP student activism

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/15/2021

“The struggle for freedom is the next best thing to actually being free,” said the late UP student leader Leandro Alejandro. Popularly known as Lean, he was a student leader and later a key figure in the…

The sinking of MV GULF LIVESTOCK 1, missing seafarers and the presumption of death

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/07/2021

“Munhait hi nitaguwan tun ajor karu nga miid ahan chi iibba an tatagu ay mun-anap ay chi cha enggan adugwan.” It is the Ifugao translation of “It’s  painful when the truth hits you that nobody is looking for…

FLOWERS FOR LOLAS: Remembering veteran journalist Melo Acuna and the comfort women

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/31/2021

  The recent death of veteran journalist Melo Acuna coincided with the anniversary of the disappearance of the “Lola” comfort woman statue two years ago, an issue close to his heart, “It’s sad wife and I got…

KUWENTONG PEYUPS: Memoirs as  a  kidnap victim

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/24/2021

If Tokhang was already a sensational word in the 1990s, I could have been considered a tokhang survivor. Tokhang is  a term that blends the Visayan words “toktok (knock)” and “hangyo” (persuade) – government forces knocking on the…

Disregarding the fit-to-work certification by  the company doctor

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/11/2021

A fit-to-work certification by the company doctor can be set aside by the courts since the inherent merit of the case will still be weighed and duly considered. In the case of OSM Maritime Services vs   Nelson…

KUWENTONG KULE: Vaccine patent waivers in the time of COVID19 pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 08/03/2021

Patent waivers for vaccines became one of the interesting issues involving intellectual property rights during this COVID-19 pandemic. The intellectual property (IP) waivers aim to allow countries to choose not to enforce, apply or implement patents and…

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