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.

Jul 2019
PHILIPPINES 02:00pm, Jul 22, 2019
DOST's program for small businesses called out for wasting millions

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) called out the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for inefficient implementation of its program for small businesses that has cost the ...


PHILIPPINES 06:33pm, Jul 19, 2019
IBP withdraws West PH Sea petition

MANILA, Philippines - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Friday, July 19, withdrew a fishermen's petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking protection of the West Philippine Sea. "A ...


PHILIPPINES 12:47pm, Jul 19, 2019
Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Friday, July 19, said he doesn't see anything that would merit international interference in the investigation of the high number of killings in ...


PHILIPPINES 12:34pm, Jul 19, 2019
Sandiganbayan acquits cops, army generals in 'Morong 43' case

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has acquitted 7 law enforcement officers from charges of violating the rights of a detained person over the alleged illegal ...


PHILIPPINES 06:08pm, Jul 18, 2019
CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has filed complaints of inciting to sedition, cyber libel, libel and obstruction ...


PHILIPPINES 05:35pm, Jul 18, 2019
Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte government dismissed as "implausible" the accusation of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) that its members were being harassed and threatened by the ...


PHILIPPINES 12:33pm, Jul 18, 2019
COA calls out Coast Guard for billions worth of messy finances

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) proudly announced that it acquired its largest and most modern ship this week, but the agency has yet to fix its messy finances as state ...


PHILIPPINES 05:35pm, Jul 17, 2019
Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has compelled retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot to present evidence in a P55-million forfeiture case related to the pabaon (send-off ...


PHILIPPINES 04:22pm, Jul 17, 2019
Supreme Court voids contracts of Sereno-time I.T. consultant

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Supreme Court en banc has voided the consultancy contracts of Information Technology or I.T. consultant Helen Macasaet, who was hired by former chief justice ...


PHILIPPINES 03:20pm, Jul 17, 2019
Technicality gets Dionisia Pacquiao off the hook in P1.39-M tax case

MANILA, Philippines – The Pacquiaos have been on a roll in knocking down their tax cases, as Dionisia Pacquiao walked away victorious from a P1.39-million tax case at the Court of Tax Appeals ...