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.

Jul 2020
PHILIPPINES 11:37am, Jul 08, 2020
Duterte's ex-OGCC chief Jurado is 5th to petition vs anti-terror law

MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Rudolf Jurado, President Rodrigo Duterte's former government corporate counsel (GCC), filed on Wednesday, July 8, the 5th petition before the Supreme Court asking to ...


PHILIPPINES 07:49pm, Jul 06, 2020
'Climate of fear': Constitutional framers stand vs anti-terror law

MANILA, Philippines – Framers of the 1987 Constitution have come out against the divisive anti-terror law of the Duterte administration, saying it creates a climate of fear and puts us on a slippery ...


PHILIPPINES 08:45am, Jul 06, 2020
More petitions to come: Supreme Court battle vs anti-terror law starts

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – The Supreme Court battle against the anti-terror law, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3, has officially begun. One group of petitioners was an early ...


PHILIPPINES 06:18pm, Jul 05, 2020
'For law and order in troubled times:' Guevarra declines 'last' chance for SC

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has turned down what could be his last chance to be nominated to be a Supreme Court justice, saying that his services are most needed in ...


PHILIPPINES 07:32pm, Jul 04, 2020
Where is the Supreme Court's full decision junking Duterte health case?

MANILA, Philippines – How did the Supreme Court interpret the constitutional provision that mandated the disclosure of a president's state of health, or did justices evade answering that question by ...


BUSINESS 06:33pm, Jul 04, 2020
Ex-Wirecard COO was not in PH in June; immigration data faked

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Controversial Austrian businessman Jan Marsalek of the embattled German firm Wirecard was not in the Philippines between June 23 and 24, as it turned out the ...


PHILIPPINES 05:37pm, Jul 04, 2020
PH coronavirus cases surpass 41,000

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday, July 4, that there were now 41,830 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country. The staggering total of infections ...


PHILIPPINES 03:45pm, Jul 04, 2020
Lawyers, civic leaders file 1st petition vs anti-terror law

MANILA, Philippines – A group of lawyers and civic leaders on Saturday, July 4, filed the very first petition against the newly-signed anti-terror law before the Supreme Court. The group led by law ...


PHILIPPINES 02:54pm, Jul 04, 2020
Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court

MANILA, Philippines – Critics of the newly-signed anti-terror law will move to a new battleground – the crafting of the controversial measure's implementing rules and regulations (IRR) and the ...


PHILIPPINES 07:49pm, Jul 02, 2020
Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

MANILA, Philippines – Pregnant Reina Mae "Ina" Nasino, 23 years old, was awakened by noise in the wee hours of the morning on November 5, 2019, by policemen who would later arrest and jail ...