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.

Jan 2018
PHILIPPINES 03:59pm, Jan 19, 2018
QC court urged to rule on legality of house-to-house drug testing

MANILA, Philippines – Residents of Quezon City (QC) urged the local court to rule on the legality of house-to-house surveillance and drug testing by barangay officials and policemen. The issue is a ...


PHILIPPINES 02:12pm, Jan 19, 2018
NBI: Rappler can be liable for cyber libel despite non-retroactive law

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Friday, January 19, that Rappler could still be liable for cybercrime even if the law is not retroactive. NBI Cybercrime ...


PHILIPPINES 07:52pm, Jan 18, 2018
NBI summons Rappler CEO Ressa, reporter over cybercrime complaint

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday, January 18, sent subpoenas to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and a former reporter over a complaint for violation of the ...


PHILIPPINES 03:55pm, Jan 18, 2018
Pork barrel scam co-accused flees fearing 'no end in his ordeal'

MANILA, Philippines – Desperation has led former budget undersecretary Mario Relampagos to flee trial for 300 counts of pork barrel scam-related cases. He is now considered a fugitive by the ...


PHILIPPINES 11:23am, Jan 18, 2018
Aguirre looks for 'other laws' violated by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Apart from corporate foreign control and possible violation of the anti-dummy law, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said his department's investigation into ...


PHILIPPINES 08:04am, Jan 18, 2018
House reps question SC lawyer's faith, intentions at Sereno impeach hearing

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – For hours, lawyer Jocelyn Fabian had to sit in the House Justice Committee hearing listening to one lawmaker after another grill her on her credentials and ...


PHILIPPINES 10:26pm, Jan 17, 2018
Bidding issues hound Sereno in impeachment hearing

MANILA, Philippines – Bidding issues being linked to Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno were the highlights of the House justice committee’s hearing on Wednesday, January 17, on the ...


PHILIPPINES 04:26pm, Jan 17, 2018
Aguirre orders NBI to probe Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has formalized his order to investigate Rappler for “possible violation of the Constitution and laws.” Aguirre signed on Wednesday, ...


PHILIPPINES 03:40pm, Jan 17, 2018
Manila court orders arrest of Tiamzons

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 issued arrest warrants for National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Tiamzon, as well as ...


PHILIPPINES 02:01pm, Jan 17, 2018
Sereno’s land cruiser can be graft violation – lawmaker

MANILA, Philippines – The purchase of a Toyota Land Cruiser for Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno may be basis to charge court officials of graft, ABS Partylist Representative Eugene ...