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.

Jun 2018
INSIDE TRACK 12:49pm, Jun 22, 2018
'Kill yellows' fiscal now part of DOJ panel in De Lima case

The controversial city fiscal or prosecutor who once likened critics of the Duterte administration to cockroaches has been given a special assignment. Darwin Cañete is now part of the Department of ...


PHILIPPINES 01:48pm, Jun 21, 2018
Complainant opposes Midas Marquez' SC application, cites 'misused' World Bank funds

MANILA, Philippines – A private complainant filed on Thursday, June 21, an opposition to the application of Court Administrator Midas Marquez for a Supreme Court (SC) justice, citing the 2012 ...


PHILIPPINES 08:29pm, Jun 20, 2018
Sandiganbayan justices vow to address delay in cases if appointed Ombudsman

MANILA, Philippines – Friends, colleagues, but now rivals for a highly-coveted post. Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz; former Sandiganbayan Justice and now Supreme Court Associate ...


PHILIPPINES 04:20pm, Jun 20, 2018
Before she retires, Morales indicts Aquino in DAP case

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge former president Benigno Aquino III with usurpation of legislative powers in the Disbursement ...


INSIDE TRACK 03:17pm, Jun 20, 2018
Edna Batacan, defender of Arroyo, Napoles, wants to clean up Ombudsman

Edna Batacan admits to being an insider at the Office of the Ombudsman, so much so that she claims to know how corruption works inside the country’s anti-graft office. “That office has become a ...


PHILIPPINES 11:33am, Jun 20, 2018
Bello obtains Ombudsman clearance just in time for JBC interview

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was able to present on Wednesday, June 20, an Ombudsman clearance that states he no longer has pending cases before the Office of ...


INSIDE TRACK 07:52am, Jun 20, 2018
Sereno: Midas Marquez led the rallies against me

Nothing can stop Maria Lourdes Sereno from speaking her mind now, even if it means burning bridges with former colleagues at the Supreme Court (SC). Immediately after the SC finalized her quo ...


PHILIPPINES 11:56pm, Jun 19, 2018
SC's De Castro: Same-sex marriage will complicate gender specific laws

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro said on Tuesday, June 19, that alllowing same-sex marriage would complicate gender-specific laws on marriages. De ...


PHILIPPINES 11:13pm, Jun 19, 2018
‘Mistakes’ of young lawyer overshadow historic marriage equality hearing

MANILA, Philippines – Only 31 years old and with scarce background in litigation, Jesus Falcis III’s inexperience got the better of him on Tuesday, June 19, when he defended before the Supreme Court ...


PHILIPPINES 06:47pm, Jun 19, 2018
Is timing right for same-sex marriage petition? Leonen warns of risks

MANILA, Philippines – For the Philippine LGBT or lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 19, was a most awaited moment until SC Associate ...