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Atty. Dennis Gorecho

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Faith as a seafarer’s weapon

A seafarer’s faith is his most powerful weapon in overcoming difficult emotional, or even dangerous,  shipboard conditions and in making life at sea bearable...

Lean Alejandro and UP student activism

“The struggle for freedom is the next best thing to actually being free, " said the late UP student leader Leandro  Alejandro. Popularly known as...

The sinking of MV GULF LIVESTOCK 1, missing seafarers and the...

“Munhait hi nitaguwan tun ajor karu nga miid ahan chi iibba an tatagu ay mun-anap ay chi cha enggan adugwan.” It is the Ifugao translation...

Remembering veteran journalist  Melo Acuna and the comfort women

The recent death of veteran journalist Melo Acuna coincided with the anniversary of the disappearance of  the  “Lola”  comfort woman statue two years ago, an...

Memoirs as a kidnap victim

If Tokhang was already a sensational word in the 1990s, I could have been considered a tokhang survivor. Tokhang is a term that blends the Visayan words “toktok (knock)” and...

International Memorial Day for Comfort Women

It was thirty years ago, on August 14, 1991, when South Korean Kim Hak-sun became the first to give public testimony about her experience as...

Disregarding the fit-to-work certification by company doctors

A fit-to-work certification by the company doctor can be set aside by the courts since the inherent merit of the case will still be...

Vaccine patent waivers in the time of COVID19 pandemic

Patent waivers for vaccines became one of the interesting issues involving intellectual property rights during this COVID-19 pandemic. The intellectual property (IP) waivers aim to...

Let’s celebrate activism

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...

Seafarer’s hazardous life on board car carriers

While consumers enjoy driving their cars, transporting automobiles as cargoes onboard vessels can have a toll on a seafarer’s health. Most seafarers live and work...

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

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...

Beware of the Aswangs!

Philippine folklore is filled with mythical and mysterious beings, including  scary monsters like the Aswangs that give us many sleepless nights. The Aswang is the...