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.

Mar 2019
PHILIPPINES 05:45pm, Mar 18, 2019
International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

MANILA, Philippines – An international delegation of lawyers said on Monday, March 18, that the government has not done an effective investigation into the 37 cases thus far involving lawyers, ...


PHILIPPINES 04:15pm, Mar 18, 2019
Supreme Court brings back graft charges vs Parojinog daughter

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) reinstated graft charges against former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog Echavez, reversing an earlier decision of the anti-graft court ...


PHILIPPINES 04:54pm, Mar 16, 2019
Rappler, Maria Ressa listed among ‘most urgent’ press issues in the world

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa were among the "Top 10 Most Urgent" press issues in the world, according to the first list formulated by the One Free Press Coalition. The One ...


PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, Mar 16, 2019
'Last chance': Andaya presses Senate to sign 2019 budget

MANILA, Philippines – House appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr on Saturday, March 16, called on the Senate to grab its “last chance” to sign the 2019 national budget. “If the Senate is ...


PHILIPPINES 10:14am, Mar 16, 2019
Supreme Court issues TRO vs nat'l law school entrance test PhilSAT

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the enforcement of the national law school entrance test Philippine Law School Admission Test ...


PHILIPPINES 06:24pm, Mar 15, 2019
Maute terrorist convicted in Taguig court over Marawi siege

MANILA, Philippines – Another member of the Maute terror group was convicted over the 2017 Marawi siege, this time for rebellion and crimes against humanity. Junaid Macauyag Awal was found guilty of ...


PHILIPPINES 05:36pm, Mar 15, 2019
Ronnie Ricketts guilty of graft for releasing seized DVDs

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Friday, March 15, convicted former Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman Ronnie Ricketts of graft, and sentenced him to 6-8 years in ...


PHILIPPINES 04:09pm, Mar 15, 2019
Trillanes asks Court of Appeals to stop reopened rebellion trial

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop his trial on reopened rebellion charges, which is set to start at a Makati court on ...


PHILIPPINES 02:51pm, Mar 15, 2019
DOJ frees Marawi Vice Mayor, arrest based on invalid list

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday, March 15, released Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic who was arrested on March 13 over alleged rebellion charges stemming from the ...


PHILIPPINES 02:20pm, Mar 15, 2019
'Magsama tayo sa impyerno': Tense hearing gets trial rolling for De Lima

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – After two years of reset hearings, the trial of opposition Senator Leila de Lima started to heat up on Friday, March 15, as the Department of Justice (DOJ) brought to ...