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.

Aug 2018
PHILIPPINES 09:59pm, Aug 17, 2018
Rappler asks CA to revoke SEC shutdown order

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Rappler filed on Friday, August 17, a partial motion for reconsideration with the Court of Appeals (CA), asking it to annul and set aside the January 2018 decision of ...


PHILIPPINES 05:55pm, Aug 17, 2018
Makati police sue lawyers for ‘constructive possession’ of drugs

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Makati City Police filed on Friday, August 17, a complaint for constructive possession of illegal drugs against lawyers who were monitoring a police search on a ...


PHILIPPINES 03:36pm, Aug 17, 2018
Makati court bars Peter Lim from leaving PH

MANILA, Philippines - The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued on Friday, August 17, a Hold Departure Order (HDO) against Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim who is charged with conspiracy to ...


PHILIPPINES 11:41am, Aug 17, 2018
#CJSearch: Promised reforms of chief justice applicants

MANILA, Philippines – Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) promised judicial reforms that they would institute should they be chosen as the next chief justice of the Philippines. The applicants made ...


PHILIPPINES 10:53pm, Aug 16, 2018
Cops detain lawyers monitoring inventory of raided Makati bar

MANILA, Philippines – For monitoring a police inventory of a drug raid, 3 lawyers were detained at the Makati Police Station on Thursday, August 16, after cops arrested them for alleged obstruction ...


PHILIPPINES 09:58pm, Aug 16, 2018
Oops! Davao judge mistakenly applies for chief justice

MANILA, Philippines – A much-needed comic relief was provided after a whole day of interviews for chief justice applicants on Thursday, August 16, when Tagum City, Davao Judge Virginia Tehano-Ang ...


PHILIPPINES 09:43pm, Aug 16, 2018
#CJSearch: Reyes says long career in judiciary offsets seniority

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr said his long career in the judiciary is a good qualification for him to be the next chief justice, despite his ...


PHILIPPINES 07:20pm, Aug 16, 2018
Gordon: Probing Calida multi-million peso deals blue ribbon's job

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Richard Gordon said on Thursday, August 16, that he will push for the Senate investigation into the multi-million government contracts bagged by the security agency of ...


PHILIPPINES 04:42pm, Aug 16, 2018
Calida wants Supreme Court to block Senate probe into firm contracts

MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family filed a petition before the Supreme Court asking it to block the scheduled Senate investigation into their family-owned security ...


PHILIPPINES 03:07pm, Aug 16, 2018
#CJSearch: Is Peralta front-runner for chief justice?

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta is the second most senior applicant for chief justice, and if ever appointed, will serve the longest. When he faced the ...