Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a journalist who spends most of her time writing about budget, transportation, and development issues on Rappler.

Before joining the media, she was a research intern at the Bangsamoro Office of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Political Science from Ateneo de Manila University and took courses in European Law at the Faculté Libre de Droit and Literature in Faculté Libres des Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Lille, France.

In 2017, she was awarded a road safety leadership fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

When she's not writing, she takes her time off visiting art galleries, practicing her French, and immersing in communities.

May 2018
PHILIPPINES 07:01pm, May 25, 2018
DOTr to revive unaudited fuel subsidies program for jeepney drivers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is considering reviving the giving of fuel subsidies to jeepney drivers to cushion the impact of rising fuel prices brought by the tax ...

PHILIPPINES 02:07pm, May 25, 2018
Labor group pushes for wage increase amid higher prices

MANILA, Philippines – Labor group Partido Manggagawa is calling for a wage increase citing the inflationary impact of the tax reform law. In a statement on Friday, May 25, Rene Magtubo, Partido ...

BUSINESS 12:14pm, May 25, 2018
Grab asks LTFRB: Reimpose P2-per-minute charge

MANILA, Philippines – Grab Philippines has asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to reimpose the suspended P2-per-minute travel charge. In a petition filed before ...

PHILIPPINES 11:24am, May 25, 2018
2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

MANILA, Philippines – Two Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) employees face possible dismissal from service for alleged corruption, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) ...

BUSINESS 08:10pm, May 24, 2018
How much are the fares of new ride-hailing apps?

MANILA, Philippines – Do you know the new ride-hailing apps? With the exit of Uber from the Philippine ride-hailing market, many Filipino commuters were left with only Grab. But in April, the Land ...

PHILIPPINES 04:57pm, May 24, 2018
Veteran official named Tourism Promotions Board OIC

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism on Thursday, May 24, announced the designation of veteran official Arnold Gonzales as officer-in-charge of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB). The DOT ...

PHILIPPINES 03:58pm, May 23, 2018
Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

MANILA, Philippines – Household service workers (HSWs) awaiting deployment to Kuwait can fly to the Gulf state starting next week, labor officials said on Wednesday, May 23 In a Senate hearing on ...

PHILIPPINES 08:00pm, May 22, 2018
Converting LTO extension offices into regular ones will shorten lines – Poe

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday, May 22, said 6 bills converting certain extension offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) into regular district offices would help shorten ...

BUSINESS 03:23pm, May 22, 2018
LRT1 operator eyes P5 to P7-fare hike

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) is eyeing a fare hike ranging from P5 to P7. Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) Chief Executive Officer Juan ...

PHILIPPINES 01:21pm, May 22, 2018
TPB 'guarantees transparency' after Cesar Montano's resignation

MANILA, Philippines – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Tuesday, May 21, said they "guarantee" transparency, following the resignation of chief operating officer Cesar Montano. "The TPB extends ...