Honoring the Philippine flag and national anthem

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/12/2024

The Philippine Flag is permanently displayed from May 28 to June 30 by all government offices and agencies, businesses, educational institutions and private residences to celebrate the country’s independence and promote patriotism. National Flag Day in the…

Giant Philippine flag in the Independence Day parade in New York

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/11/2024

NEW YORK — A huge Philippine flag, estimated  to be 25  by 50 feet,  is one of the  highlights of the parade in celebration of the 126th Independence Day parade on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Considered as  the world’s largest celebration…

Galleon trade sailors as first Filipino settlers in the United States 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/05/2024

One of the first Filipino settlers in the United States were seafaring people who arrived as sailors and navigators on board Spanish ships during the Galleon trade. Manila galleon trade refers to the trade route between Acapulco…

Execution bond removed in the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 06/04/2024

The latest version of the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers deleted the contentious provision on the execution bond. “This provision makes no sense. The reason a seafarer is asking for those benefits is because he has nothing…

‘Red-tagging’ is a threat to people’s life, liberty, and security

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/15/2024

“Red-tagging” is a threat to people’s life, liberty, and security. Thus declared the Supreme Court in the case of, Deduro v. Maj. Gen. Vinoya (G.R. No. 254753, July 4, 2023)  that overturned a lower court’s 2023 decision dismissing…

Cyberlibel as legal threat to media practitioners

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 05/08/2024

The threat of being prosecuted for libel stifles the dynamism of the conversations that take place in cyberspace. Thus declared Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in the case of Disini vs Secretary of Justice (G.R.…

Flowers for Lolas: Filipina comfort women say No To War

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/01/2024

“We will continue to renounce war because we do not want the next generation to experience what we went through.” Filipina comfort woman Lola Estelita Dy celebrated her 94th birthday in a press conference  that coincided with the anniversary…

Songkran water festival as a  celebration of life 

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/24/2024

Water is life. Each culture has it’s own way of recognizing the value of water as part of rituals and practices, either for bathing, washing, drinking, or as a sacrifice. Water covers 70 percent of the earth’s…

VAWC and child support

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/18/2024

Even if the marriage is declared void, the obligation to give support to a minor child subsists. This was the ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Wilfredo Ruiz v. AAA (GR 231619 November 15,…

Second Sunflower Run as a campaign on  empowerment  of women and children

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/10/2024

  On March 29, 1984, Proclamation No. 2346 was enacted declaring April 30 as “Woman Suffrage Day” to enable Filipino women to “renew their advocacy and support for clean, honest and free elections and pursue with greater…

Mary Magdalene, Easter and ‘Noli me Tangere’

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 04/03/2024

Easter is closely related to Jose Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere since it is lifted from a biblical line on resurrection in the New Testament gospel of St. John (20:17). In English, it is usually translated as…

Whips for flogging as symbols of sufferings

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/27/2024

Whips  symbolize sufferings — Christ  in the hands of the Roman soldiers and the cruelties to Filipinos under Spanish colonial rule. Filipino Catholics are known for having sincere, enormous and extreme expressions of piety considering that the…

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