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 2019
PHILIPPINES 05:01pm, May 26, 2019
Duterte sits out diploma distribution of PMA Class of 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte, commander-in-chief of the military, mostly sat out the distribution of diplomas to Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Mabalasik Class of 2019 ...

PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, May 26, 2019
Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte again cracked rape jokes as he pardoned all outstanding punishments of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen. During the graduation rites of ...

PHILIPPINES 01:30pm, May 26, 2019
SC reiterates Filipino, Panitikan not required in college

MANILA, Philippines – It's final: Filipino and Panitikan are not required subjects in college. In a resolution dated March 5, the Supreme Court (SC) en banc upheld its October 2018 decision after ...

PHILIPPINES 11:47am, May 26, 2019
Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday, May 26, confirmed it issued a memorandum banning government trips to Canada, highlighting the Southeast Asian country's diminished interaction with ...

BUSINESS 07:57pm, May 25, 2019
Grab celebrates 7th year with P7-M promos, rewards

MANILA, Philippines – Southeast Asia ride-hailing giant Grab is celebrating its 7th year anniversary in business giving away P7 million worth of promos, discounts, and rewards on its platform. Grab ...

2019 07:39pm, May 25, 2019
Bello: Philippines in 'brave new world' of politics under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Former Akbayan representative Walden Bello said the Philippines entered "this brave new world" of politics when President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. In a Rappler ...

IN-DEPTH 11:14am, May 24, 2019
Davao dominates vetoed P95.37-billion 'pork'

AT A GLANCE The 2019 national budget is the most controversial yet due to allegations of pork barrel insertions worth P95.37-billion, which were eventually vetoed by the President. More than half of ...

PHILIPPINES 03:13pm, May 23, 2019
Premium taxi drivers to get salaries in new guideline

MANILA, Philippines – Premium taxi drivers should receive regular salary and benefits according to a new guideline issued by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). In Department Order 2019-007 ...

IN-DEPTH 07:22pm, May 19, 2019
Winners and losers under Duterte's 2019 budget

AT A GLANCE Education continued to have the lion's share of funds under the 2019 national budget, followed by public works. The health and education departments suffered deep budget cuts in the ...

IN-DEPTH 11:00am, May 19, 2019
Grace Poe at No. 2: Where fading FPJ magic, being independent brought her

AT A GLANCE When Grace Poe first ran for an elective post, it was a surprise win backed by a record-breaking number of votes. Two elections later, only a number of provinces support her all the ...