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.

Apr 2018
PHILIPPINES 07:41pm, Apr 20, 2018
SC in focus: Sereno says quo warranto gravest wound inflicted on Constitution

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls the quo warranto petition against her the gravest wound inflicted on the Constitution, a position supported by several law groups, not ...


PHILIPPINES 03:09pm, Apr 20, 2018
Group wants Gadon disbarred over 'madman' behavior

MANILA, Philippines – A group of concerned citizens wants Larry Gadon disbarred for his statements and actions befitting a "madman" and not a lawyer. The group filed the disbarment complaint against ...


PHILIPPINES 01:47pm, Apr 20, 2018
Sereno supporter to Calida: File quo warranto vs De Castro too

MANILA, Philippines – A supporter of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote to Solicitor General Jose Calida on Friday, April 20, urging him to initiate a similar quo warranto proceeding to ...


PHILIPPINES 04:54pm, Apr 19, 2018
Maute assets probed as AMLC focuses on terror financing

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) put focus on flagging terrorism money in 2017, including freezing and investigating bank accounts and assets of the ISIS-associated ...


PHILIPPINES 12:43pm, Apr 19, 2018
Sereno quo warranto will be decided end of May – SC's Carpio

MANILA, Philippines – Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said the Supreme Court (SC) en banc will decide on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno by the end of ...


PHILIPPINES 12:25pm, Apr 19, 2018
Robredo appeals to PET to apply 25% shading threshold

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, April 19, filed an urgent motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral ...


PHILIPPINES 08:12pm, Apr 18, 2018
Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

MANILA, Philippines – Were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated? These are basic questions that the Supreme Court wants answered by compelling ...


PHILIPPINES 04:06pm, Apr 18, 2018
AMLC’s purchase of iPhone 7s flagged by COA

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) was flagged by the Commission on Audit (COA) for buying 16 units of iPhone 7 worth P600,000 which weren’t specified in their Annual ...


INSIDE TRACK 04:00pm, Apr 18, 2018
Gadon submits expert comment on Sereno quo warranto. SC expunges it.

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has expunged the amicus curiae comment submitted by lawyer Larry Gadon in the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Two sources ...


RAPPLER IQ 11:40am, Apr 18, 2018
Why Supreme Court justices go to Baguio every April

BAGUIO, Philippines – It was in Baguio City that the Supreme Court in 2012 unanimously voted to give Hacienda Luisita to farmers; a landmark decision that had as backdrop the city of pines. It was ...