Disability due to Accident

Tinig ng Marino – July -August 2014 ATTY. AUGUSTO R. BUNDANG Head, Litigation and Seafarers Department Sapalo Velez Bundang and Bulilan Law Offices   Is the injury suffered by the seafarer the result of an “accident” thereby entitling him to higher disability benefits under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)? This is the question posed in


April 8, 2012 CodeRed FAITH AND REASON By: Atty. Tito R. Bundang             The website of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a nonprofit organization in the U.S. which advocates for victims’ rights, defines ‘domestic violence’ as that which constitutes willful intimidation, assault, battery, sexual assault or other abusive behavior perpetrated by one family


February 2, 2012 CODE RED FAITH AND REASON      By: Atty. Tito Bundang Whoever said that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may have been unaware that it is not only the apple that maintains a person’s health, but the presence of a loving mother who carefully hands the apple and provides him


July 8, 2011   CodeRed Proposed Column Title: “Fides et Ratio”   CUSTODY DISPUTE: CHILD’S BEST INTEREST                                                    by:  Atty. Tito R. Bundang             I sat motionless but perturbed, my heart beating fast, yet I could not take my eyes off the theater screen. The characters in the scene were in a courtroom, husband

Unreasonable Non-Deployment

Unreasonable Non-Deployment Will the unreasonable nondeployment of a seafarer entitle him to payment of actual damages? The most recent case of Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, Inc. and Chung Gai Ship Management vs. Sulpecio Medequillo, Jr. (G.R. No. 177498, January 18, 2012) confirms the standing rule that a seafarer must indeed be compensated as a result of

Pinoy Seafarers Victims of Piracy Deserve Equal Protection of Law

Pinoy seafarers victims of piracy deserve equal protection of law Through the initiative of the SVBB law firm, the Democratic Independent Workers’ Association (DIWA) party-list representative is asking the Congress’ House committee on overseas workers affairs to look into the recent sea piracy incidents involving Filipino seafarers. In House Resolution 1474, filed last July 13,

Illegal Dismissal Benefits

Illegal Dismissal Benefits In case of illegal dismissal, how much is a seafarer entitled to receive from his employers? His salaries for the unexpired portion of his employment contract or his salaries for three (3) months for every year of the unexpired term, whichever is less? The recent ruling of the Supreme Court in the

The Immaterial “Fit to work” Assessment

Does a ‘fit to work” assessment issued by a company-designated physician beyond the 120-day period from the time the seafarer was medically repatriated, bar the latter from securing permanent and total disability benefits? The recent ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Antonio M. Serrano vs. Gallant Maritime Services, Inc. and Marlow Navigation

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