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.

Jan 2020
PHILIPPINES 11:06pm, Jan 26, 2020
Some Batangas residents return home as Taal Volcano eases

BATANGAS, Philippines – Some evacuees were finally able to return to their homes on Sunday, January 26, as state volcanologists lowered Taal Volcano's status to Alert Level 3. Though the threat of a ...

PHILIPPINES 09:04pm, Jan 25, 2020
Santo Tomas village appeals: Take care of in-house evacuees too

BATANGAS, Philippines – A village in Santo Tomas, Batangas is not operating an evacuation center, but there are over 500 evacuees seeking shelter there for two weeks now. Cherryl Lazara, 37, ...

PHILIPPINES 02:11pm, Jan 24, 2020
Lacson questions ending VFA to get Dela Rosa's visa back

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to end the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) following the cancellation of the ...

PHILIPPINES 05:15pm, Jan 23, 2020
SC decision allows 'coward' Duterte to hide behind OP – De Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Disappointed over losing the writ of habeas data case at the Supreme Court, detained Senator Leila de Lima said the decision allowed President Rodrigo Duterte to hide like a ...

INSIDE TRACK 03:39pm, Jan 23, 2020
Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too

As if we haven't had enough of it, Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday, January 23, spread some gossip in a media forum. In the forum, Marcos was asked about her reaction to the cancellation of the US ...

PHILIPPINES 11:33pm, Jan 22, 2020
Pimentel wants Angkas CEO Angeline Tham declared 'persona non grata'

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III filed a resolution seeking to declare Angeline Tham, the CEO of motorcycle taxi firm Angkas, as "persona non grata." Senate ...

PHILIPPINES 10:14pm, Jan 22, 2020
WATCH: Batangas resort takes in evacuees amid Taal Volcano eruption

BATANGAS, Philippines – At first look, a private resort in Batangas City seemed like it's operating at its peak, with close to 50 cottages full for the day. Except that Innland Resort is not packed ...

PHILIPPINES 10:07pm, Jan 22, 2020
Duterte signs new taxes on alcohol, e-cigarettes into law

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a measure that would increase taxes on alcohol and e-cigarettes. With its enactment, sin taxes on alcohol will be increased ...

PHILIPPINES 04:23pm, Jan 22, 2020
Dela Rosa confirms U.S. visa canceled

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa confirmed on Wednesday, January 22, that his US visa has been canceled. In December, Politiko reported that Washington revoked Dela ...

PHILIPPINES 01:06pm, Jan 22, 2020
LIST: Relief proposals for Taal Volcano evacuees

MANILA, Philippines – There are several proposals to help the survivors of the Taal Volcano eruption. Many residents living within the 14-kilometer danger zone surrounding the restive volcano are ...