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.

Jan 2020
PHILIPPINES 03:41pm, Jan 22, 2020
Duterte wins De Lima habeas data case at Supreme Court

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte won a Supreme Court case yet again, as the en banc unanimously denied Senator Leila de Lima's petition for a writ of habeas data against him. "The ...


PHILIPPINES 01:02pm, Jan 22, 2020
FHM fails to get SC to remove Manila's anti-obscenity measure

MANILA, Philippines – Men's magazine FHM has failed to convince the Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a local ordinance in Manila that bans obscenity, an ordinance that was used to ...


PHILIPPINES 07:03pm, Jan 21, 2020
After Aquino, Sandiganbayan clears Purisima and Napeñas in Mamasapano case

MANILA, Philippines – The Mamasapano bloodbath case is over. For now. A special division of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Tuesday, January 21, promulgated an 18-page decision clearing former ...


RAPPLER IQ 04:19pm, Jan 21, 2020
Can a quo warranto petition be filed against ABS-CBN?

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – With the franchise of broadcast giant ABS-CBN set to expire on March 30, or a little more than two months from now, the Lopez-owned television station may be facing ...


PHILIPPINES 10:07am, Jan 21, 2020
Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media

MANILA, Philippines – In what could be another crossroad for Filipino journalists, Rappler is asking the Supreme Court to rule that President Rodrigo Duterte – or the executive branch for that ...


PHILIPPINES 07:38pm, Jan 20, 2020
Awaiting payout, Ampatuan victim's child struggles with heart disease

MANILA, Philippines – It has been a tough 10 years on widowed Argie Caniban ever since she lost her husband John in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre, and it's not about to get any easier, even with ...


PHILIPPINES 06:57pm, Jan 16, 2020
DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde over Pampanga drug recycling case

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended graft charges against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde over the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case. "The panel found ...


PHILIPPINES 10:23am, Jan 16, 2020
Court orders QC govt to pay P6M to Payatas dumpsite tragedy victims

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A Quezon City court has ordered the Quezon City government to pay P6 million in damages to 56 Payatas residents over the tragic dumpsite landslide that killed ...


PHILIPPINES 03:23pm, Jan 15, 2020
All Bilibid returnees will be processed by March – DOJ

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Wednesday, January 15, that the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) would complete processing all Bilibid convict returnees by March. This new ...


PHILIPPINES 02:07pm, Jan 15, 2020
DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) started investigating complaints from Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) employees who said they were kicked out of their posts in favor of Director ...