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.

Jun 2020
PHILIPPINES 07:49am, Jun 03, 2020
Bayanihan Act effective until June 5, new law underway

MANILA, Philippines – Instead of merely extending the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, senators will be passing a new legislation that would grant President Rodrigo Duterte additional special powers ...

PHILIPPINES 04:39pm, Jun 02, 2020
Sotto to critics: Only terrorists, supporters afraid of anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines – Principal authors of the anti-terrorism bill Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday, June 2, asked critics to "read" it first, as groups ...

PHILIPPINES 02:12pm, Jun 02, 2020
Senators slam DOTr's 'poor planning, lack of foresight' for commuters

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Tuesday, June 2, called out the Department of Transportation for "poor planning" and "lack of foresight," as many commuters were stranded due to insufficient mass ...

PHILIPPINES 11:33pm, Jun 01, 2020
1st day of Metro Manila GCQ: ‘Walang masakyan’

MANILA, Philippines – The commute was already bad pre-lockdown in early March. It became worse when Metro Manila shifted to the much more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) on Monday, June ...

PHILIPPINES 07:08pm, Jun 01, 2020
2 city bus routes to serve Bulacan, Cavite commuters starting June 2

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will launch two city bus routes starting Tuesday, June 2, after several commuters were stranded due to ...

PHILIPPINES 05:03pm, Jun 01, 2020
Senators unanimously approve proposal to delay start of classes

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senators on Monday, June 1, unanimously approved on final reading a bill which seeks to give the President the power to start classes later than August during a state ...

May 2020
PHILIPPINES 09:52pm, May 29, 2020
New record high: PH confirms 1,046 more coronavirus cases

MANILA, Philippines – Coronavirus cases in the country rose to 16,634, as the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,046 more cases on Friday, May 29. The latest numbers were reported 14 days after ...

PHILIPPINES 09:23pm, May 29, 2020
Number of health workers infected with coronavirus reaches 2,480

MANILA, Philippines – Coronavirus cases among health workers in the Philippines reached 2,480 as of Thursday, May 28, according to the Department of Health. The tally reported Friday, May 29, was ...

IN-DEPTH 05:00pm, May 29, 2020
On their own: Commuters and the looming transportation crisis in Metro Manila

AT A GLANCE From Part 1: Transportation experts expect that public utility vehicles will not be enough when Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine. Experts said that commute will be ...

PHILIPPINES 03:17pm, May 29, 2020
On June 1, no city buses, traditional jeepneys in Metro Manila yet

MANILA, Philippines – When Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine on June 1, there will be no city buses and traditional jeepneys just yet. In a press statement on Friday, May 29, the ...