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KUWENTONG KULE: Activism is not terrorism

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 06/16/2020

Activism is not terrorism. Despite the gloomy weather, people flocked to the UP Diliman campus last June 12  for a “Grand Mañanita” protest  to celebrate the country’s 122nd Independence Day, notwithstanding law enforcers’ warnings on violations of  quarantine regulations. With proper social…

Depression, suicide and COVID-19

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/26/2020

Suicide reports due to depression are sad manifestations of the  negative mental health effects  of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Pandemic anxiety can be overwhelming which if not handled properly may become emotional, physical and economic…

 Seafarer’s cancer and the ‘disputable presumption’ principle 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/19/2020

The month of May has three significant dates for us: Mothers’ day, Mama’s birthday and her death anniversary. My mother, fondly called Mama Linda, died on May 17, 2002 due to pericarditis and lymphoma three days after she celebrated…

KUWENTONG KULE: To new lawyers: Serve the people

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/05/2020

  “Serve the people. Do not betray your humanity.” Words that should guide the new lawyers according to Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in his Twitter account. The Supreme Court released last week the results of…

Blacklisting and the truth on COVID-19

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/21/2020

  Fear of blacklisting might be  causing the unexplained under-reporting of the consequences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic on seafarers. “There is an unnecessary fear of telling the truth thereby potentially causing panic in what…

Seafarers and the COVID-19 stigma

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/14/2020

  The outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is causing a more problematic side of society – social stigma and discrimination against certain sectors, including seafarers. Public health emergencies such COVID19 are stressful times for people and…

COVID-19,  extension and early termination of seafarer’s contract

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/07/2020

  Seafarers have a right to return home at the end of their contract at no cost to themselves. Unfortunately, thousands of  seafarers, mostly from cruise liners, with expired employment contracts have been forced into continued labor aboard…

‘We are on the same boat’  – Pope Francis

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/31/2020

  The current global coronavirus epidemic is a reminder that we are sailing on the same boat — a spiritual voyage regardless of one’s nationality, race, age or social status. The sea of life can be quite calm,…

Comfort women  and the police force’s insensitive red-tagging

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/10/2020

Government officials, specifically members of the police force, must understand that one cannot claim to love the nation and yet promote historical ignorance. The Manila Police District (MPD) came under fire last week after it reposted in…

‘Clear and existing danger’ rule in seafarer’s dismissal cases

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/03/2020

It is only in the exceptional case of clear and existing danger to the safety of the crew or vessel that the required notices are dispensed with in cases of a seafarer’s dismissal. The untimely termination of…

Toxic chemicals and seafarer’s heart diseases   

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/25/2020

Seafarer’s medical conditions,  including cardiovascular diseases, can be attributed to their  constant exposure to hazards such as toxic chemicals and the varying temperature, coupled by stressful tasks in his employment. The Supreme Court recognized the relation of toxic chemicals…

First Quarter Storm, Voltes V and Martial Law

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 02/18/2020

I was born in the same period when the First Quarter Storm (FQS) was associated with anti-Martial Law protests, mostly led by students and faculty of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the same academe  where I…

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