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 to keep the conversation going.

Dec 2018
PHILIPPINES 03:58pm, Dec 11, 2018
Despite Sandiganbayan justice’s flip-flop, still no bail for Gigi Reyes

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Special Third Division denied the appeal for bail of Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who has been ...

PHILIPPINES 03:34pm, Dec 11, 2018
Ahead of warrant, Maria Ressa posts bail at Court of Tax Appeals

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) president Maria Ressa on Tuesday, December 11, posted bail at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) over 4 charges of alleged violation of the Tax ...

PHILIPPINES 03:13pm, Dec 11, 2018
Sandiganbayan transfers Imelda Marcos records to Supreme Court

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan will begin transferring the case records of graft convict Imelda Marcos to the Supreme Court (SC), which will handle the appeal from ...

2019 07:14pm, Dec 10, 2018
Aquino gov't failed to communicate gains effectively, Hilbay says

MANILA, Philippines – Feathers were ruffled within the opposition camp as a statement made by Aquino-time solicitor general Florin Hilbay rubbed the former presidential spokespersons the wrong ...

PHILIPPINES 05:16pm, Dec 10, 2018
Sandiganbayan sets 2019 trial for Enrile plunder case

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan Third Division will finally start in 2019 the plunder trial of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile for allegedly receiving P172.8 million in kickbacks from ...

PHILIPPINES 03:42pm, Dec 10, 2018
DOJ requests, then withdraws, hold departure order vs Trillanes in Pasay court

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) took a sidestep in their latest bid to have a Hold Departure Order (HDO) against opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV, after they withdrew ...

PHILIPPINES 01:08pm, Dec 10, 2018
Hilbay: Same-sex marriage should be fought in Congress, not Supreme Court

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial aspirant Florin Hilbay said he believes that same-sex couples have the right to marry, but that the fight must be taken to Congress and not in the Supreme Court ...

PHILIPPINES 10:53am, Dec 09, 2018
Justice Efren de la Cruz: A year of losses for the ethics man

MANILA, Philippines – On December 7, Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz had to sit as the losing chairman of the anti-graft court's 1st Division bench, as his colleagues outvoted him ...

PHILIPPINES 08:54am, Dec 09, 2018
Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

MANILA, Philippines – Where did the money come from? This is the lingering question of Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez Estoesta, one of two justices of the anti-graft court ...

PHILIPPINES 08:08pm, Dec 07, 2018
Sandiganbayan chief Cabotaje-Tang makes it to SC short list

MANILA, Philippines – Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang made it to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) short list for a possible shot at the Supreme Court. Tang is ...