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.

Feb 2018
PHILIPPINES 09:22pm, Feb 23, 2018
New low: Zero trains, power failure for 230,000 MRT3 riders

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters experienced a new low for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3), as the week opened without a train running for its almost quarter of a million commuters. From 8 ...

PHILIPPINES 08:33pm, Feb 23, 2018
Parts of EDSA closed on February 25 People Power Anniversary

MANILA, Philippines – Portions of EDSA will be closed for the 32nd anniversary of the People Power Revolution, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Friday, February 23. The ...

PHILIPPINES 07:34pm, Feb 23, 2018
Ateneo, workers union reach agreement on wages, benefits

MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University management and the Ateneo Employees and Workers Union (AEWU) finally agreed on wage increase and benefits terms on Friday, February 23, ending ...

PHILIPPINES 04:18pm, Feb 23, 2018
Electronics firm workers decry union busting

MANILA, Philippines – Women workers from Cavite ecozone electronics firm Lakepower Converter Inc decried union busting attempts by their employer, as negotiations with management have dragged on for ...

PHILIPPINES 02:31pm, Feb 22, 2018
After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) set up a command center following the deaths of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. In a press briefing on ...

PHILIPPINES 07:45pm, Feb 21, 2018
Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

MANILA, Philippines – Amid concerns over the abuses suffered by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, Philippine officials said in a Senate hearing on Wednesday, February 21, that the Gulf ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15pm, Feb 20, 2018
Expert says Dalian trains 'not overweight' for MRT3 tracks

MANILA, Philippines – A railway expert said on Tuesday, February 20, that the trains delivered by China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited are "not overweight" for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 ...

PHILIPPINES 02:20pm, Feb 20, 2018
Watchdogs slam proposed Charter Change as 'anti-poor'

MANILA, Philippines – A coalition of watchdogs denounced the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution, calling it "anti-poor." In a joint statement, watchdogs Kaya Natin; Workers Against Tyranny, ...

PHILIPPINES 07:46am, Feb 20, 2018
Passengers walk along MRT3 tracks due to braking failure

MANILA, Philippines – A glitch on the braking system of one of the trains of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) sent passengers walking along the tracks on Tuesday morning, February 20. Passengers ...

PHILIPPINES 08:18pm, Feb 19, 2018
Coca Cola FEMSA refutes it was busting workers' union

MANILA, Philippines – Beverage bottler company Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Inc (KOFPH) said the massive laying off of about 600 employees was a "difficult decision." In a statement sent to Rappler ...