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.

Nov 2017
PHILIPPINES 08:22pm, Nov 20, 2017
Senator in 2019? Aguirre says DOJ is his focus for now

MANILA, Philippines – Is Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II interested in running for the Senate? He's downplaying it now, saying on Monday, November 20, that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is ...


PHILIPPINES 07:49pm, Nov 20, 2017
Lead prosecutor in Bong Revilla plunder leaves Ombudsman to be judge

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman loses a high-value prosecutor as Joefferson Toribio, its lead prosecutor in the Bong Revilla plunder case, leaves his job to be a judge at the ...


PHILIPPINES 04:52pm, Nov 20, 2017
Human Rights Summit: Lawyers go all out vs war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – First they spoke out, then they filed cases, now the next move for the lawyers who oppose the government’s war on drugs is hold a summit meant to train other sectors to join ...


PHILIPPINES 04:30pm, Nov 20, 2017
Lawyers to question before Supreme Court role of prosecutors in EJKs

MANILA, Philippines – After the spate of alleged extrajudicial killings, where should prosecutors be? At the forefront, at least according to lawyers challenging the war on drugs. Prosecutors have ...


PHILIPPINES 12:05pm, Nov 20, 2017
Bayan files graft case vs ex-Transport chief Abaya over MRT mess

MANILA. Philippines – Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr and Bayan Muna Chair Neri Colmenares filed on Monday, November 20, a graft complaint against Joseph Emilio Abaya, the former transport ...


ASIA PACIFIC 02:55pm, Nov 19, 2017
Southeast Asia's poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report

MANILA, Philippines – Around 90% of the 36 million people in Southeast Asia living below the international poverty line are Filipinos and Indonesians, according to a development report released by ...


PHILIPPINES 09:07am, Nov 18, 2017
Probe into 'nanlaban' cases just a fishing expedition – SolGen

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) said that there is no basis to compel the police to submit for investigation firearms used in "nanlaban" cases, where drug suspects ...


PHILIPPINES 07:13pm, Nov 16, 2017
DOJ drops charges vs De Lima's co-accused, turns him into witness

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped charges against a co-accused of Senator Leila de Lima in the drug trading case being heard by Branch 204 of the Muntinlupa ...


PHILIPPINES 04:20pm, Nov 16, 2017
'Out of this world' to say Atio Castillo died of hazing – Aegis Juris fratmen

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Aegis Juris fraternity members further insisted on Thursday, November 16, that freshman law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo III did not die of hazing. After the ...


PHILIPPINES 02:28pm, Nov 16, 2017
Sedition, coup, graft complaints filed vs Trillanes

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A group of lawyers filed a complaint against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for inciting to sedition, proposal to commit coup d’ etat, and graft before the Pasay ...