The legacy of UP Law Dean Merlin Magallona

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/04/2022

The legal profession  lost one of  its Filipino luminaries in the field of international law, as former UP College of Law Dean Merlin Magallona passed away in his sleep on the evening of  New Year’s Day, January 1, 2022. He…

The saga of the WW II women victims of sexual slavery and violence 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 11/30/2021

Lola Isabelita Viduya died last November 23, 2021 at age of 89 due to pneumonia, the same day the unfortunate event called “Mapanique Siege” happened in 1944. Lola Isabelita is a leader of the Malaya Lolas who…

KUWENTONG PEYUPS: International Memorial Day for Comfort Women

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/17/2021

It was 30 years ago, on August 14, 1991, when South Korean Kim Hak-sun became the first to give a public testimony about her experience as a  comfort woman victim. August 14 was later declared by the…

KUWENTONG KULE: Let’s celebrate activism

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/27/2021

  An avatar called “Tumindig” recently became viral with the message that one must stand up for what he  believes in and fight. The digital drawing posted last July 17 by satirical cartoonist Tarantadong Kalbo centered on a standing fist person…

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/13/2021

Matamlay. Sluggish. This is how Taytay Apostolic Vicar-designate Bishop Broderick Pabillo described the government’s treatment of Filipino fishermen despite the favorable arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) territorial dispute. During his  homily last Sea Sunday,…

Damages due to unauthorized substitution of employment contract

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/05/2021

Licensed recruitment agencies will be liable for damages due to the unauthorized substitution of the government-approved employment contracts. The Supreme Court stressed this principle in the case of recent case of Marcelo M. Corpuz vs. Gerwil Crewing…

Saving the seas from plastic pollution 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/27/2021

The video of a marine biologist removing a plastic straw stuck in a sea turtle’s nose in August 2015 catalyzed a larger movement to eliminate single use plastics, like plastic straws, from our day-to-day lives. Marine litter,…

A seafarer’s legal battle for disability benefits due to knee, leg or foot injuries

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/20/2021

Seafarers work in a hostile environment and no matter how many precautionary measures are taken, accidents are bound to happen resulting to injuries ranging from minor to the most gruesome types; some even leading to fatalities. A knee, leg…

Comfort women are not prostitutes

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/02/2021

The portrayal of “comfort women” as willingly-paid sex workers is a misleading attempt to rewrite history and silence the victims of sexual slavery during World War II. A recent uproar began after the paper of Harvard Law School professor…

KUWENTONG KULE: Academic  freedom and the termination of  the  UP-DND Accord 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/26/2021

#DefendUP and #DefendAcademicFreedom became trending hashtags for the past few days due to the sudden, arbitrary, and unilateral termination by the  Department of National Defense of the  so-called 1989 University of the Philippines (UP)-DND Accord. The UP-DND Accord…

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…

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