Starry, starry night

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 12/22/2020

Astronomy fans eagerly awaited the appearance of the so-called Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem on December 21, 2020, which coincidentally is my natal day. On this day, Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer to each other. It…

KUWENTONG KULE: Lolas/WW II women victims of sexual slavery, violence are dying without seeing justice

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 12/15/2020

The recent deaths of three World War II women victims of sexual slavery and violence are manifestations that the survivors are dying without receiving a formal apology and legal compensation from Japan. Supporters documented this year the…

Filipinos seafarers and the ‘Good Samaritan at sea’ doctrine

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 12/08/2020

The recent story of American sailor who was rescued by Filipino seafarers may aptly be an application of the “Good Samaritan at Sea” doctrine  or the obligation to render assistance at sea. The 63-year-old sailor Stuart Bee…

Kuwentong Kule: The viral photo of a Physics student and the street as his bigger classroom

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 12/01/2020

Learning is not confined within the four walls of the classroom, and for PUP Physics student Freedom Mendiola dela Cruz the street is his classroom. It was early afternoon of March 23, 2020 when my car  stopped  due to heavy…

Kuwentong Kule: Waiting  to  cheer ‘UP Fight’ again  amidst the  COVID-19 pandemic

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/17/2020

Photographs of past basketball games of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) have been appearing in recent weeks in  my Facebook memory feeds. Sadly this year, fans have to content themselves  with past photos as the COVID-19 pandemic has…

Entitlement to  disability benefits despite  recovery

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 09/22/2020

  The seafarer’s recovery from his illness or injury will not negate his entitlement to total permanent disability benefits. Total disability does not mean absolute helplessness since it is the not the injury which is compensated but…

The saga of the missing Lola statue

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 09/01/2020

“GINAHASA AKO.”  The words that  Lola  Rosa Henson writes every day  in a piece of paper but she then crumples and throws away to hide her dark past. The same  lines that have been  delivered by veteran actress…

Desaparecidos and the threat of Anti-Terror Law

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/25/2020

An  increase in numbers of “desaparecidos” is one of the feared scenarios  in the enforcement of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. “Desaparecidos” is the Spanish and Portuguese word for “disappeared people” or victims of forced disappearance. The  victims are subjected to   extrajudicial…

Anita Linda, the pambansang lola and the memories of Alhambra

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/18/2020

The late actress Anita Linda should have been called the  “Pambansang Lola” who gained critical acclaim for her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles. Born Alice Buenaflor Lake on  November 23,  1924, her movie career spanned seven…

Cinemalaya and  the memoirs of vinyl records

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/11/2020

When my father was still alive, our house during weekends were normally filled with soothing sounds emanating from the phonographs playing LP vinyl records. Vinyl records became the subject of the short film “Ang Gasgas na Plaka…

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…

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