Supreme Court OFW Cases






The Constitution of the Philippines vests judicial power in one Supreme Court and such lower courts as may be established by law. [Section 1, Art. VIII, 1987 Constitution). The Supreme Court is composed of one Chief Justice and fourteen Associate Justices, all of whom are appointed by the President from a list of recommendees presented by the Judicial and Bar Council.

 The members of the Supreme Court serve during good behavior until they reach the age of 70 or unless removed by impeachment for any of the grounds provided by the Constitution. 

The Court sits either en banc or in divisions of three, five or seven members.


January 22, 2016 - Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, replacing retired Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr.

January 22, 2016 – Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, replacing retired Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr.


G.R. No. 145587  ( Dismissal )

Upon arrival in Riyadh, Gran questioned the discrepancy in his monthly salary—his employment contract stated USD 850.00; while his Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) Information Sheet indicated USD 600.00 only. However, through the assistance of the EDI office in Riyadh, OAB agreed to pay Gran USD 850.00 a month.  read more>>>>>> 

G.R. 152214 ( Bangungot

On September 16, 2000, Manny dela Rosa Razon, a native of Lemery, Batangas and an overseas Filipino worker, died of acute cardiac arrest while asleep at the dormitory of the Samsong Textile Processing Factory in South Korea. Informed thereof, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at South Korea immediately relayed the incident to the Philippine Embassy in South Korea. Forthwith, the [Labor] Attaché of the Philippine Embassy dispatched a letter to Eleuterio N. Gardiner, administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The letter reads:  read more>>>>>> 

G.R. No. 177100 ( Cholecystolithiasis )

This case is about a Filipino seafarer’s claim for disability benefits from cholecystolithiasis or gallstone that was discovered when he suffered excruciating pain while working on board an ocean-going vessel, an illness that was not in the list of compensable diseases listed in the standard seafarer’s contract that he signed with the vessel owner. read more>>>>>>  

G. R. No. 177948 (Suntok-Illegal Dismissal

While on board, the master of the vessel gave respondent orders which he could not understand; thus, he failed to obey him. Consequently, enraged at not being obeyed, the master struck him, hitting the right dorsal part of his body. He then requested medical assistance, but the master refused.[7] Hence, he sought the help of petitioner Lolita Uy (the manning agency owner), who then talked to the master of the vessel. read more>>>>>>> 

G.R. Nos. 182978-79 ( Lason )

On January 6, 1997, Jasmin Cuaresma (Jasmin) was deployed by Becmen Service Exporter and Promotion, Inc.2 (Becmen) to serve as assistant nurse in Al-Birk Hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), for a contract duration of three years, with a corresponding salary of US$247.00 per month.

Over a year later, she died allegedly of poisoning.  read more>>>>>> 

G.R. No. 191425 ( Add Wife…Have Life )

Jesusa Pinat Nollora testified that she and accused Atilano O. Nollora, Jr. met in Saudi Arabia while she was working there as a Staff Midwife in King Abdulah Naval Base Hospital. Atilano O. Nollora, Jr. courted her and on April 6, 1999, they got married at the [IE]MELIF Chruch [sic] in Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. read more>>>>>  

G.R. No. 179532 – ( Scrapped )

Claudio S. Yap was employed as electrician of the vessel, M/T SEASCOUT on 14 August 2001 by Intermare Maritime Agencies, Inc. in behalf of its principal, Vulture Shipping Limited.  The contract of employment entered into by Yap and Capt. Francisco B. Adviento, the General Manager of Intermare, was for a duration of 12 months.  On 23 August 2001, Yap boarded M/T SEASCOUT and commenced his job as electrician.  However, on or about 08 November 2001, the vessel was sold.  The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) was informed about the sale on 06 December 2001 in a letter signed by Capt. Adviento.  Yap, along with the other crewmembers, was informed by the Master of their vessel that the same was sold and will be scrapped.  They were also informed about the Advisory sent by Capt. Constatinou, which states, among others:  read more>>>>>> 

G.R. No. 163657 – (Retrenchment)

Due to the considerable decrease in the work requirements of Saudi Aramco, Petrocon was constrained to reduce its personnel that were employed as piping designers, instrument engineers, inside plant engineers, etc., which totaled to some 73 personnel, one of whom was respondent.

Thus, on June 1, 1998, Petrocon gave respondent a written notice[5] informing the latter that due to the lack of project works related to his expertise, he is given a 30-day notice of termination, and that his last day of work with Petrocon will be on July 1, 1998.  Petrocon also informed respondent that all due benefits in accordance with the terms and conditions of his employment contract will be paid to respondent, including his ticket back to the Philippines. read more>>>>>>>>

G.R. No. 100399  ( Buntis )

Besides, it has not been shown by petitioner that a negative result in a pregnancy test was a prerequisite for employment or that if the private respondent would get pregnant, her employment would be terminated. Neither was it proven that the latter misrepresented that she was not pregnant at the time and that such misrepresentation, if it existed, amounted to fraud which induced the petitioner or its foreign principal to hire her, thereby giving them the right to have the employment contract annulled pursuant to Article 1330, in relation to Article 1338, of the Civil Code.  read more>>>>

More in the days to come ………

OFWempowerment Blog  conveys our heartfelt thanks to the following sources:

1)  The Philippine Supreme Court Decisions 

2) The LAWPhil Project of Arellano Law Foundation

3)  CHAN, ROBLES Virtual Law Library 


177 thoughts on “Supreme Court OFW Cases

  1. Sir tnt po aswa ko frm hail pmunta sya jedah nahuli po sya dun.ngaun po knasuhan xa ng amo nya dt n ngnakaw dw ng5000sr,ky po sya tmaks kc d xa pnpasahod ,nakakulong po sya s hail ngaun.plz tlungan nyo po sya n makauwi sir

    • Sana po noon pa man na tumakas siya, nagpunta agad siya sa ating Embahada or sa POLO.

      Ang makakatulong lamang po ng asawa nyo ang Embahada at wala ng iba. Kung meron kayong mga kontak doon na mga kaibigan or kasamahan sa work ng inyong asawa puwede nilang kontakin ang mga numerong ito:

      482-4354, 480-1918
      HOTLINE 056 989 3301

      Puwede rin po kayong mag email sa email address nasa itaas. Ibigay po ninyo ang lahat ng detalye ng inyong asawa, like name and cp number kung meron. Name ng kanyang amo at lahat ng mga detalye upang malaman ng Embassy kung saan siyang kulongan ngayon.

  2. Hi gusto q lang po sana humingi ng advise regarding sa kaibigan ko. Kase nalaman ng company na pupunta xa ng labor para mgreklamo kaya ginawan xa ng mga issue ng company although totoo pero 1 month ago na ung issue nila. Kaseay ngdeliver ng sadiki o ung pingbbwala n alak dto s shop nya. Last july 8 or 9 ata. Pinicturab nung egyptian alak. Ngayun since nalamn nila n mgrereklamo oninahan nila ung kaibigan ko at pinatawag sa office. Pagdting s office pinakita sa knya kung sadiki un kase dw mgpptawag n cla mg police. S takot nya cnv n OO sadiki un. Sinampal p xa ng isang saudi.

    Ngayun pinilit xang pasagutan ung mga tanung n iniinum dw un s shop at hindi s bahay. Tapos pinamili xa khng pupunta s police o face ang company punishment. Ang ccompany punishment is 9k riyal and demoted pa.

    Sa riyadh po xa ngayun.. ano po ba ang legal advise sa ganun case. Kase wala nman pong ibbyad n ganung halaga.
    Anu po ang chance s kaso if ng papolice n lang ang kaibigan ko?

    • 1 month ago man or 1 year ago, bawal ang pag-inom ng alak sa Saudi Arabia. Nadagdagan pa na may ebedensya sila. Ang mga ganitong kaso ay subject for deportation after jail time. Ito ay police matters at upang mapangalaagan ang kanyang karapatan unahan niya ng depensahan ang kanyang sarili at humingi ng tulong sa ating Embahada. Ito ang contact info ng ANS.

      482-4354, 480-1918
      HOTLINE 056 989 3301

  3. hingi lang po ako ng tulong..ang kapatid ko po ay nasa saudi 3 months na sya duon pumasok bilang mikaniko..humihingi nasya ng tulong isang buwa n sya di pinaswueldo.simula nung maghanap sya ng icama sa employer bakit hindi sya binigyan..simula nun sinabihan sya wag na mgtrabaho at papauwiin na lamang..pag tapos isang linggo sinabihan uli sya na maging driver na lamang at babawasan ang madaling salita tanggap naman ng kuya ko maging driver kaya lamang po ang ipinadadrive sa kanya ay trailer hindi niya kaya wala sya karanasan pa i drive yun,,pinipilit na lang nya na sya ay pauwiin dito sa pinas ,,humingi na rin kami ng tulong sa agency niya para makauwi..sya pala ay ipinadala ng agency sa saudi na walang kontrata kaya hindi sya mabigyan ng icama,,humihingi po kami ng tulong panu namin sya maiiuwi ,pati passport niya ay iniipit ng employer.nakikiusap po kami saan kami pwede lumapit para maiuwi namin sya.salamat po


    • Magsumbong agad sa POEA at dalhin ang lahat ng detalye pati ang name ng agency. Maraming paglabag ang ginawa ng employer at lamang na mahinto ito sa pamamagitan ng pag sumbong ng formal complaint sa POEA against the agency and the employer.

  4. Good Day!

    Nais ko pong isangguni sa inyo ang problema namin about my father.. His 66 years old still nadyan pa rin sya sa saudi hindi makauwi dahil hindi ni renew iqama nya.. 12 years na rin po kaming hindi nag kikita…hindi po namin alam anong lagay na nya jan . company name Arabian technical contracting .. Riyadh. Nawa po ay matulungan nyo kami.

    Maraming salamat po..


    • Sa tagal po niya sa Saudi at umabot sa edad na 66 yrs. old, alam na po niya ang nararapat na gawin sa ganitong mga problema. Ang Embahada lamang ang makatulong sa kanya upang mabigyan siya ng exit documents even in the absence of a work permit. His age and health concerns will be considered as his clearance for immediate repatriation.

      Siguro naman po may mga kaibigan or dating mga kasamahan sa trabaho na puwede ninyong ma contact para sabihin sa kanya na makipag-ugnayan sa ating Embahada.

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