‘Oras de Peligro’ and Martial Law

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 03/07/2023

“Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?” is one of the lines by actress Mae Paner in Director Joel Lamangan‘s “Oras De Peligro” film on the Edsa People Power. It is a familiar slogan in the student movement associated with…

The procrastinating prosecutor

Raphael A. Pangalangan - @inquirerdotnet 02/16/2023

On Feb. 10 2023, Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin Remulla issued Department of Justice (DOJ) Circular No. 008 directing all prosecutors handling M-level criminal cases to determine the certainty of success. The circular reads: “If, upon assessment…

Love in the legal profession

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 02/14/2023

“Love is useless unless it is shared with another. Indeed, no man is an island.” This pronouncement in the case of Chi Ming Tsoi vs. Lao-Tsoi (GR No. 119190, 16 January 1997) is one of the Supreme…

Proposed Escrow provision in the Magna Carta  prejudicial  for seafarers

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/24/2023

The inclusion of an escrow provision in the pending Magna Carta for Filipino seafarers will adversely affect the legal battle for labor claims. The employers and manning agencies again proposed the provision which in essence aimed to…

Bar exams cut to 3 days, to cover 6 core subjects

Tina G. Santos 12/05/2022

  Starting next year, the bar examinations will be held for only three days instead of four and cover only six core subjects instead of eight. The Supreme Court also said it would administer the bar exams…

US Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill

Reuters 11/30/2022

WASHINGTON — The US Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would protect federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a measure taken up in response to worries the Supreme Court could overturn a 2015 decision that legalized it…

Lawyer disbarred after involvement in fake marriage annulment

By: Jean Mangaluz - Reporter / @JMangaluzINQ 11/26/2022

MANILA, Philippines — A lawyer and former Integrated Bar of the Philippines officer has been disbarred by the Supreme Court (SC) after his involvement with faking a marriage annulment. “The Supreme Court has disbarred a former officer…

Non-deployment as basis for total and permanent disability benefits

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 10/11/2022

A seafarer, who was no longer deployed back to work, may be entitled to total and permanent disability benefits due to an illness that he suffered while on board the vessel. This was the ruling of the…

Unseated Negros Oriental gov starts packing but not leaving yet

Karlowe Brier 10/10/2022

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Philippines — Unseated Negros Oriental Gov. Pryde Henry Teves announced he was ready to go but would not do so unless ordered by the Supreme Court. Teves, in his radio program on Saturday,…

Red-tagging as an attack on the independence of the judiciary

ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO 10/04/2022

Red-tagging, also known as red-baiting, is a pernicious practice as part of the government’s counterinsurgency efforts that targets individuals or organizations critical or not fully supportive of the actions of a sitting administration. This include publicly accusing…

Cebu City gov’t to file Writ of Kalikasan to restore seven major rivers

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 09/13/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government is set to file a Writ of Kalikasan before the Supreme Court next week to penalize violators of the city’s three-meter easement rule, and to enjoin concerned government agencies…

SC: Natural-born dual citizens may not renounce foreign citizenship

Donna Pazzibugan 08/13/2022

Candidates for elective office who are considered dual citizens for being born to one Filipino parent and one foreign parent are not required to renounce their foreign citizenship and take an oath of allegiance to the Philippines…

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