Norse Management Co. and Pacific Seamen Services vs. National Seamen Board.

G.R. No. L-54204, September 30, 1982

FACTS:

N. Abordo died from an apoplectic stroke on board a Singaporean Vessel while in the course of his employment with Norse Management. Abordo’s wife filed for death compensation benefits and reliefs with National Seamen Board (NSB) and alleged that compensation must be based on the law where the vessel is registered.

Norse contend that the law of Singapore should not be applied because NSB cannot take judicial notice of the Workmen’s Insurance Law of Singapore, and offered P30,000.00 as death benefits based on the Board’s Memorandum Circular No.

ISSUE:

Whether or not the law of Singapore ought to be applied in this case.

HELD:

YES. In the “Employment Agreement” between petitioners and the late Napoleon B. Abordo, it is clear that compensation shall be paid under Philippine Law or the law of registry of petitioners’ vessel, whichever is greater. Singapore law was properly applied in this case.The National Seamen’s Board correctly took notice of the Workmen’s Compensation Laws of Singapore even if not pleaded by claimant’s heirs.

The Labor Code provides that “all doubts in the implementation and interpretation of the provisions of this code, including its implementing rules and regulations, shall be resolved in favor of labor.

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