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.

May 2019
PHILIPPINES 04:33pm, May 22, 2019
Bersamin to lawyers: Face sanctions for frivolous cases

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin threatened lawyers with sanctions if they file “clearly frivolous” petitions that would clog the Supreme Court dockets. “The filings made with the ...


2019 03:12pm, May 22, 2019
Mar Roxas on 2019 defeat: 'I don't know what comes next'

MANILA, Philippines – Pardon the silence, Mar Roxas said in his first public statement after a "disappointing" finish in the May 13 senatorial race. “Sorry for the silence. I felt it best and ...


2019 03:03pm, May 22, 2019
Even as he is proclaimed, Bong Revilla evades questions

MANILA, Philippines – It seems that the less talk, less mistake strategy is working so well for graft defendant Bong Revilla that, even as he was proclaimed he still refused to entertain pressing ...


PHILIPPINES 11:28am, May 22, 2019
Bersamin is 9th highest paid PH government official in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin barged into the top 10 highest-paid officials in government for 2018, with his total income for that year reaching close to P11 million. He ranked ...


INSIDE TRACK 10:10am, May 22, 2019
All she wanted was to bring her fatherless grandkids to Disneyland

Still less than a year into her retirement from 47 years of public service, former Philippine ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales had promised her grandchildren a trip to Disneyland in Hong ...


2019 08:00am, May 22, 2019
Bam Aquino's reelection loss: A case of miscalculation?

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV lost his reelection bid in a contest where no opposition candidate secured the 12 available slots. Aquino placed only 14th, ...


PHILIPPINES 11:48pm, May 21, 2019
Ex-Ombudsman Morales slams China for 'bullying' after Hong Kong deportation

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday, May 21, slammed China for "bullying" after Hong Kong immigration barred her from entering the country in what ...


PHILIPPINES 03:08pm, May 21, 2019
'Security threat': Ex-ombudsman Morales refused entry to Hong Kong

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was refused entry to Hong Kong on Tuesday, May 21, for supposedly being a "security threat." Morales arrived at the Hong ...


PHILIPPINES 01:59pm, May 21, 2019
COA raises red flags over P1.3-M OSG training, seminars in 'expensive' venues

MANILA, Philippines – State auditors noticed several red flags on how the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) spent P1.375 million for its training activities and seminars in 2018. For starters, ...


PHILIPPINES 12:22pm, May 21, 2019
Auditors flag P7-M worth of OSG travels

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign travels in the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in 2018 worth P7.128 million were found to have violated audit rules, the Commission on Audit (COA) said. “Airplane ...