Francis Martin Beltran Baraan IV, better known as Francis or Frank Baraan, born on December 5, 1982, in Dagupan City, is a Filipino human rights advocate, a political commentator & blogger for Rappler's blogging platform, X, a social media activist & Twitter personality, an entrepreneur, and a 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.
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 blog: https://x.rappler.com/x/frank-baraan-rappler-ph/
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== LGBT Advocacy ==
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 ==
Being a human rights advocate & pro-democracy social media activist, Francis Baraan's posts on social media are usually critical of President Duterte & his administration. His tweets are also critical of American President Donald Trump, who then blocked Francis Baraan on Twitter.
== Family Controversy ==
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 ==
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,
== Notes ==
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.