Lian Buan

Lian Buan covers the justice beat for Rappler. Before this, she was in England, set to take her Masters in Digital Journalism.

She was a part-time student, part-time call center agent, part-time office clerk, and enjoying it all, but something happened back home.

A protest had broken out in the Philippines following the hero's burial given to the late Ferdinand Marcos, and a bomb had gone off in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown in Davao City. But instead of being inside a newsroom or out in the field, she was bundled up in a blanket watching BBC's Outnumbered on Netflix. She knew she had to come back.

She is a product of the University of Santo Tomas journalism program. She spent six years in GMA News producing special features for State of the Nation With Jessica Soho, covering community-based issues and policies that exposed her to the struggles of minority groups.

She and a couple of friends created the millennial news magazine SubSelfie.com to keep the conversation going.

Jun 2020
PHILIPPINES 07:42pm, Jun 03, 2020
Sereno: It is the most unfortunate time to pass anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said on Wednesday, June 3, that it is "the most unfortunate of times" to pass the anti-terror bill, joining a list of former and ...


PHILIPPINES 07:02pm, Jun 03, 2020
Are PH courts truly ready for digital transformation post-lockdown?

MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippine judiciary reopens with the lifting of the lockdown in Metro Manila and most areas, the Supreme Court (SC) is confronted with operational issues in lower ...


PHILIPPINES 05:17pm, Jun 03, 2020
PH coronavirus cases exceed 19,000

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) said that as of Wednesday, June 3, there are now 19,748 coronavirus cases in the Philippines. There were an addition of 751 cases, of which 221 ...


PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, Jun 03, 2020
'Vital witness' in Ampatuan massacre survives attack in South Cotabato

MANILA, Philippines – A vital witness in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre survived an attack carried out by unidentified gunmen in Tantangan town in South Cotabato on Wednesday morning, June 3. The ...


PHILIPPINES 01:18pm, Jun 03, 2020
Courts outside Metro Manila ask SC for rapid testing too

MANILA, Philippines – Court judges and employees outside Metro Manila have appealed to the Supreme Court to also provide rapid testing for them as the judiciary fully reopens nationwide alongside ...


PHILIPPINES 05:05pm, Jun 02, 2020
SC junks Gadon case vs ABS-CBN, but hardly a win for still shut network

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 2, gave lawyer Larry Gadon a dressing down while throwing out his petition against ABS-CBN, but this development has no impact whatsoever on ...


PHILIPPINES 11:45am, Jun 02, 2020
'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights lawyers are up in arms against the anti-terror bill which President Rodrigo Duterte has just certified as urgent. The Senate has already passed it and the bill is ...


PHILIPPINES 05:15pm, Jun 01, 2020
Verdict on Rappler, Maria Ressa cyber libel case out June 15

MANILA, Philippines – Initially scheduled on April 3 but postponed because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 has scheduled for June 15 the handing down of ...


PHILIPPINES 04:31pm, Jun 01, 2020
2,875 Filipinos still detained for violating quarantine

MANILA, Philippines – There are 2,875 Filipinos still in jails nationwide for violation of quarantine protocols, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed. As of May 31, there are 2,541 ...


May 2020
PHILIPPINES 11:16pm, May 30, 2020
Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – Civic groups and lawyers raised the alarm that some provisions of the toughened Philippine Anti-Terror Bill or Senate Bill 1083 would trample on fundamental freedoms of ...