Execution bond in the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers is anti-labor and unconstitutional

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/12/2023

The bi-cameral committee deliberated last week the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers that omitted the controversial escrow deposit but contained  an equally anti-labor and unconstitutional provision on execution bond. With the proposed provision, the seafarer may move…

Seafarer’s compensable injury while playing basketball under the ‘personal comfort doctrine’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 12/06/2023

A seafarer is entitled total and permanent disability benefits for the injury he suffered while playing basketball on board a ship during his free time. The Supreme Court granted the seafarer’s claims in Arguilles v. Wilhelmsen Smith…

Magna carta should expand, and not limit, the seafarers’ rights

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/28/2023

Seafarers will be ‘penalized’ by the escrow provision that will downplay their rights guaranteed by the constitution instead of protecting and promoting their welfare. With the upcoming bicameral committee meetings on the proposed Magna Carta for Filipino…

To teach law in the grand manner

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/22/2023

“Kung hindi tayo kikibo, sino ang kikibo? Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?” A slogan lifted from the  editorial column by  Abraham “Ditto” Sarmiento, Jr.  who was the Philippine Collegian editor-in-chief…

Amicus Curiae: Philippines to host 2024 conference of Asian Patent Attorneys Association

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 11/14/2023

The Philippines will be the venue of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) council meeting next year at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila from  November 18 to 21, 2024. This year’s APAA 20th…

Death comes like a thief in the night: The Itaewon Halloween and Ozone fire tragedies

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/31/2023

Death comes like a thief in the night. What was supposed to be a fun night might turn out to be the greatest tragedy of lives. When death enfolds in the form of accidents, no one is…

Masskara Festival: Sad stories behind the smiling masks

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/25/2023

Masks are widely used to create alternative realities and help wearers to suspend their everyday identities and assume new ones. The history of Masskara Festival of Bacolod City is often linked with an unfortunate incident that occurred…

Shore leave: a seafarer’s right

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/18/2023

The employment relationship with the employer does not stop but continues to be in force even when the seafarer is on shore leave (Susana Sy vs. PTC, G.R. No. 191740, February 11, 2013). Shore leave is defined…

Indigenous People’s Sunday and the struggle for self-determination

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/11/2023

The struggle of the indigenous people against the destruction of forests and mountains is the struggle against the worsening global climate change. Thus said the of the Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (ECIP) of the Catholic Bishops’…

Filipino mariners sing to celebrate the National Seafarers’ Day

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/03/2023

Karaoke is an incredibly significant and integral part of Filipino culture which is synonymous with happiness and good will. Rain or shine, you can not have a true Filipino party without Karaoke! The recent daily heavy downpour…

NSD 2023: Seafarers as protectors of the ocean

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/28/2023

Seafarers’ contribution in safeguarding the marine environment is highlighted in this year’s National Seafarers’ Day (NSD). “The urgency to protect the ocean can be seen and felt, especially by the thousands of seafarers across the globe. We…

Celebrating the 28th National Seafarers’ Day 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 09/19/2023

The Philippines will be celebrating the 28th National Seafarers Day (NSD) this year on September 25, 2023 with the theme “Marinong Filipino: Patuloy sa Pangangalaga ng Karagatan.” NSD is celebrated annually by virtue of Proclamation 828 by…

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