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.

Oct 2019
PHILIPPINES 06:31pm, Oct 15, 2019
Who won this round? Marcos calls latest PET action ‘good result’

MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr called it a "good result" – the seemingly benign action of the Supreme Court to ask for comments and position papers from him and Leni Robredo in ...


PHILIPPINES 05:33pm, Oct 15, 2019
Peralta, Bernabe get top votes in chief justice short list

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Estela Perlas-Bernabe got perfect votes from the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in the short list for the next chief ...


PHILIPPINES 03:12pm, Oct 15, 2019
Carpio, Caguioa vote to dismiss Marcos protest, overruled

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two justices of the Supreme Court (SC) voted to dismiss Ferdinand Marcos Jr's electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, but they were overruled by a ...


PHILIPPINES 01:17pm, Oct 15, 2019
Supreme Court to release initial recount results in VP protest

MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) – In an anti-climactic resolution on Tuesday, October 15, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled to release the results of the recount of votes in the 3 pilot provinces in the ...


PHILIPPINES 05:23pm, Oct 14, 2019
Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered a reinvestigation of the securities case against Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa and 2016 board members of ...


PHILIPPINES 02:46pm, Oct 14, 2019
Robredo to P.E.T: Don't change the rules in VP protest

MANILA, Philippines – On the eve of an expected crucial ruling by the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Vice President Leni Robredo called on the justices to not ...


PHILIPPINES 01:16pm, Oct 14, 2019
Bersamin bids Supreme Court goodbye: No regrets

MANILA, Philippines – Marked by controversial ponencias and concurring votes, the 10-year Supreme Court career of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is coming to an end, and he said he has no regrets. "As ...


IN-DEPTH 08:45pm, Oct 12, 2019
During tense political times, unity is Supreme Court's prime quest

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court, among the most secretive institutions, has recently been giving glimpses into its hallowed halls with a uniform message: "We are collegial, we are ...


BUSINESS 02:20pm, Oct 12, 2019
Cebu Pacific launches direct Clark-Guangzhou flights

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific will launch in November direct flights between Clark in Pampanga and Guangzhou, China. Saying that it is the first "Philippine carrier to link the two cities," the ...


PHILIPPINES 05:49pm, Oct 11, 2019
Trillanes on kidnapping suit: This admin will do its worst

MANILA, Philippines – Key opposition figure Antonio Trillanes IV said on Friday, October 11, that he expected the Duterte administration "to do its worst" in yet another attempt to put him in ...