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…

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…

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