Francis Martin Beltran Baraan, more popularly known as Francis Baraan IV, Francis Baraan or Frank Baraan, born on December 5, 1982, in Dagupan City, is a Filipino human rights advocate; political and social commentator; blogger for Rappler's blogging platform, X; social media activist; social media personality; popular bookstagrammer and Influencer; literary blogger; entrepreneur, and a sought-after resource speaker on press freedom & fake news.
He is popular for his vocal criticism & fierce posts on Facebook & Twitter against President Rodrigo Duterte, his administration, his family, and his drug policies. His tweets and posts are widely quoted, and featured been featured by CNN Philippines, Al Jazeera, Elle Magazine Portugal, FHM Philippines, Huffington Post, Rappler, among others.
He is also currently the General Manager of Sirom Beach House, an upscale beachfront boutique resort in Tambobong Beach, Dasol, Pangasinanz
Francis Baraan is an English Major from Lyceum-Northwestern University. He also attended business & Marketing courses at the University of Asia & the Pacific, and at the University of Western Australia Manila.
Father: Francisco Fontelera Baraan III, lawyer, former Justice Undersecretary
Mother: Felicidad Beltran-Baraan, entrepreneur
Brothers: Amadeus Baraan, M.D.
Van Johann Baraan
Sister: Cielo Baraan-Van der Torre
Rappler Political blog: https://x.rappler.com/x/frank-baraan-rappler-ph/
Literary Blog: https://thefrancisbaraanivblog.wordpress.com
LGBT Advocacy Edit
Francis Baraan sponsored the "I Am Not Immoral" event, a video-photo project that served as the peaceful response of the the LGBT community against discrimination. Celebrity photographer Niccolo Cosme and LGBT activists Jethro Patalinghug and Bruce Portugal Amoroto joined him in organizing the event. Then Congresswoman, & now Senator Risa Hontiveros was invited by Francis Baraan to be the guest of honor.
Online Activism Edit
Being a human rights advocate & pro-democracy social media activist, Francis Baraan's posts on social media are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte and his controversial War on Drugs policies, which has been criticized by human rights organizations for not giving due process to drug suspects. His tweets are also critical of American President Donald Trump, who then blocked Francis Baraan on Twitter.
He has also slammed Senator Manny Pacquiao, a staunch ally of President, when the senator said the Bible says it's okay for the government to kill people. This did not sit well with Baraan and went on Twitter to voice out his disagreement with Pacquiao's statement.
Another vocal Duterte supporter, Filipino actor Robin Padilla, was also slammed by Baraan, when the actor posted a video of himself on Facebook saying former Senator Franklin Drilon was violating the Constitution, and after the actor hit the critics of President Duterte.
Family Controversy Edit
Francis Baraan's father, former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, has been plagued by bribery accusations in the past, but the biggest scandal he was involved in was when President Duterte himself tagged his father in his original drug matrix, where he accused his father & then Secretary of Justice, and now Sen. Leila De Lima, who was his father's boss at the DOJ, of coddling drug lords & receiving drug money.
During the height of the drug scandal against his father & Senator De Lima, pro-Duterte bloggers & supporters criticized Francis Baraan for defending his father for leaving for the United States right before the public hearing at the Congress regarding the drug lord coddling charges against his father.
The DOJ would later drop the charges against his father, Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, due to insufficient evidence.
Online Presence Edit
Francis Baraan's posts are both local & foreign mainstream media due to their biting candor against President Duterte, his family, & those working for him. Because of this, he has also been receiving a lot of negative attention from pro-Duterte bloggers/government officials like RJ Nieto, the man behind the popular blog. Thinking Pinoy, RG San Luis, and getrealphilippines.com's author.
1. Francis Baraan began his speaking career last February 2018. He was invited to be one of Notre Dame of Greater Manila School's resource speaker on fake news, together with lawyer Jesus Falcis for their first ever inter-class debate symposium.