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 2018
PHILIPPINES 04:32pm, Oct 19, 2018
Napoles children ask court permission to stay in U.S indefinitely

MANILA, Philippines – The children of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Napoles have requested permission from the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to fly to the US, but with a catch: there are no ...


PHILIPPINES 01:20pm, Oct 19, 2018
De Lima calls on Senate to investigate Michael Yang

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday, October 19, that there must be a full-blown congressional investigation into Michael Yang, a Chinese national who reportedly has ...


PHILIPPINES 06:55pm, Oct 18, 2018
In the JBC, Justice Mendoza emerges as the tough questioner

MANILA, Philippines – If the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) panel interviews are classroom recitations, retired Supreme Court justice Jose Mendoza is the one to fear, as he made a law school ...


PHILIPPINES 05:15pm, Oct 18, 2018
Judge Soriano of Makati is at 'last stage’ of deciding Trillanes case

MANILA, Philippines – Judge Andres Soriano of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 must be feeling the world on his shoulders right now. The chief of Makati police has frequently visited ...


PHILIPPINES 03:29pm, Oct 18, 2018
Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Rita Linda Jimeno told the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday, October 18, that President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the ...


PHILIPPINES 02:10pm, Oct 18, 2018
Supreme Court applicant wants CCTV cameras in courtrooms

MANILA, Philippines – Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz said on Thursday, October 18, that if he gets to become a justice of the Supreme Court (SC), he would push for the installation of ...


PHILIPPINES 05:16pm, Oct 17, 2018
DOJ says no malice in tagging Garin in Dengvaxia ‘mafia,’ junks libel complaint

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) junked the libel complaint filed by former health secretary Janette Garin against a physician and other health officials over accusations that ...


2019 11:40am, Oct 17, 2018
Ex-SolGen Hilbay banks on rags-to-riches story to boost Senate bid

MANILA, Philippines – Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay filed on Wednesday, October 17, his certificate of candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections. Hilbay completed the opposition ...


2019 10:03am, Oct 17, 2018
Awaiting judgment for plunder, Bong Revilla launches Senate bid from jail

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator and plunder defendant Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr officially filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 senatorial elections. Because Revilla is in jail ...


PHILIPPINES 06:34pm, Oct 16, 2018
Pasay prosecutor summons Trillanes for 2nd inciting to sedition complaint

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has been summoned to the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office for a hearing on the newest complaint filed against him by lawyers allied with President ...