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…

Seafarer’s hazardous life on board car carriers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/20/2021

While consumers enjoy driving their cars, transporting automobiles as cargoes on board vessels can have a toll to a seafarer’s health. Most seafarers live and work under extremely hazardous conditions that can cause serious short-term and long-term…

KUWENTONG KULE: Beware of the Aswangs!

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 07/08/2021

Philippine folklore is filled with mythical and mysterious beings, including  scary monsters like the Aswangs  that gave us many sleepless nights. The Aswang is the Philippines’ most famous carnivorous monster, a boogeyman-like predatory figure in local folklore…

KUWENTONG KULE: Memoirs of Pinatubo eruption and the US military bases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/29/2021

Thirty years ago, on June 15, 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines was considered the world’s  largest volcanic eruption. Bursts of gas-charged magma exploded into umbrella ash clouds, hot flows of gas and ash descended…

KUWENTONG KULE: My father is a hoarder and a collector

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/22/2021

I am the son of a hoarder and a collector. People wonder why we have several stuff in our house which my father did not want to dispose, especially the shoes. Papa justified this by saying that…

When contract termination coincides with medical repatriation

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/15/2021

The employer cannot escape liability on the mere fact that the seafarer finished his contract if it should have been essentially a case of medical repatriation. There are instances when the officers on board will convince a seafarer…

MARLAWPH: Listen to the Filipinos’ clamor to defend our sovereign rights

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/08/2021

Listen and respond to the clamor of the Filipinos to defend their sovereign rights and entitlements in the West Philippines Sea (WPS). In a published statement, the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MARLAWPh) called on the…

Clemency for delisted seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/01/2021

A seafarer who is penalized with delisting from the registry of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) may be granted clemency under certain circumstances. Clemency is the power given to a public official to lower the harshness of…

Mutiny as ground for dismissal 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/26/2021

Mutiny has become a common plot for blockbusters like the 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film centered on the 1839 revolt aboard the Spanish-owned ship La Amistad during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain…

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