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Execution bond in the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers is anti-labor and unconstitutional

The bi-cameral committee deliberated last week the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers that omitted the controversial escrow deposit  but contained  an equally anti-labor and...

Seafarer’s compensable injury while playing basketball under the ‘personal comfort doctrine’

A seafarer is entitled to  total and permanent disability benefits for the injury he suffered while playing basketball on board a ship during his...

Death comes like a thief in the night: the Itaewon Halloween and Ozone fire...

Death comes like a thief in the night. What was supposed to be a fun night  might turn out to be the greatest tragedy...

Celebrating the 28th National Seafarers’ Day

The Philippines is considered as the major supplier of maritime labor globally as it is estimated that there is one Filipino seafarer for every...

In Memoriam: Atty. Ignacio “Champ” Sapalo, father of the Intellectual Property Code (1944-2023)

In Memoriam: Atty. Ignacio “Champ” Sapalo, father of the Intellectual Property Code (1944-2023) The carabao symbolizes strength, power, efficiency, perseverance, and hard work. Carabaos are the...

Who is a seafarer under the Magna Carta?

A seafarer refers to any person who “is employed or engaged or works in any capacity on board a ship to which this Act...

2022 Bar exam question on seafarer’s disability benefits claims

Can a seafarer be entitled to compensation for disability benefits if he finishes his employment contract? This is one of the questions included in the...

Risks of crowd crush or stampede in Philippine religious festivities

The risk of a similar tragic Itaewon crowd crush happening in the Philippines is not farfetched due to the religious mass gatherings like the...

A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park

“A job of a seafarer is not exactly a walk in the park.” I usually cite this quote from the Supreme Court case of Oriental...

Absence of receipts in illegal recruitment case

The absence of receipts issued by the accused in an illegal recruitment case is not fatal to their conviction if the prosecution establishes, through...

Marcos’ Ill-gotten wealth cases in the Supreme Court

The Marcos dictatorship is a “well-entrenched plundering regime of twenty years”. Thus ruled the Supreme Court in PCGG v. Peña (GR No. L-77663, April 12,...

Murals of hope

Murals bring art into the public sphere which can be relatively effective tools of attracting attention to social issues. Mural painters can also be target...