Homage to the Acacia trees

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/14/2022

The acacia trees of the academic oval are silent witnesses to the travails of the denizens of the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines. As a homage to my second home for a decade, I…

Lantern parade of hope and love

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 01/01/2022

I celebrated my birthday last December 21 by joining the “People’s Lantern Parade” which is an informal lantern parade at the Diliman campus of University of the Philippines (UP). The two hour parade, which lasted until six…

To teach law in the grand manner

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/31/2021

As freshies in 1992  at the University of the Philippines College of Law (UPLaw), the imposing words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. welcomed us to Malcolm Hall: “The business of a law school is not sufficiently…

An evening with Chito Gascon, Voltes V and human rights

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/14/2021

International Human Rights Day in the Philippines was celebrated this year in the Philippines without the presence of human rights icon Chito Gascon. December 10 each year is known as Human Rights Day, the very day when,…

The tooth shall set you free 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/07/2021

“The Tooth Shall Set You Free” is  a variation of the biblical quote “The truth will set you free” that became the mantra of senatorial candidate Atty. Chel Diokno. “Vēritās vōs līberābit” in Latin, it is a…

Katutubo sa Senado

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/23/2021

Macli-ing Dulag is among the most well known of the many victims of Martial law under then president Ferdinand Marcos. Macli-ing was a pangat (leader) of the Butbut tribe of Kalinga who opposed the government plan of…

Contract termination and medical repatriation in compensation cases

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/16/2021

A seafarer is entitled to compensation even if he finished his contract as long as he already had medical conditions while onboard during his employment. The issue of repatriation due to contract termination and not on medical…

Seafarer’s diet and kidney cancer

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/09/2021

A seafarer’s working conditions on board the vessel, including his dietary provisions, can aggravate or increase the risk of contracting ailments like kidney diseases. In Caraan vs Grieg Philippines, Inc. (G.R. No. 252199 May 5, 2021), the…

The superpowers of Choc Nut 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/02/2021

To be or nut to be, Choc Nut is the answer. Eating Choc Nut usually brings back childhood memories since many Filipinos grew up eating this chocolate-peanut candy. We enjoy every bite with Choc Nut’s unique and…

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…

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