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.

Aug 2018
IN-DEPTH 09:13pm, Aug 15, 2018
Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?

MANILA, Philippines – There's a budget deadlock and the stakes are high. In what appears to be a standoff between the executive and the lower House, both branches do not appear to be willing to make ...

PHILIPPINES 12:21pm, Aug 15, 2018
Vagrant shot in ankle by MRT3 guard

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED – A Metro Rail Transit Line 3 security guard on Wednesday, August 15, shot a vagrant in the ankle after he got on the railway tracks and reportedly threw rocks at MRT3 ...

PHILIPPINES 11:31am, Aug 15, 2018
DBM not backing down on cash-based budgeting

MANILA, Philippines – The budget department (DBM) will do what it wants to do. In his weekly media briefing, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Wednesday, August 15, said that the legislature has ...

PHILIPPINES 09:15pm, Aug 14, 2018
Diokno: Lawmakers want higher 2019 budget due to elections

MANILA, Philippines – Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speculated that lawmakers' opposition to the "smaller" cash-based budget for 2019 is due to the upcoming mid-term elections. "Probably [due to ...

PHILIPPINES 06:27pm, Aug 14, 2018
MMDA eyes driver-only car ban on EDSA starting August 23

MANILA, Philippines – Despite backlash, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking to implement the driver-only ban along EDSA during rush hours starting August 23. According to ...

PHILIPPINES 05:01pm, Aug 14, 2018
Ben Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: PTV still owes us money

MANILA, Philippines – Broadcaster Ben Tulfo on Tuesday, August 14, said that the Philippine government has yet to pay his production company Bitag Media in full for advertisements placed on their ...

PHILIPPINES 01:39pm, Aug 14, 2018
Gordon to Teo: Why place ads on 'Kilos Pronto' if it's not rating?

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Richard Gordon questioned the decision of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to place ads on Kilos Pronto, a blocktimer show on state-run Peoples' Television Network Inc ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:00pm, Aug 13, 2018
What is cash-based budgeting?

MANILA, Philippines – A proposed shift in budgeting systems that would improve the delivery of services could happen in 2019. But the House of Representatives suspended deliberations on the 2019 ...

PHILIPPINES 07:20pm, Aug 13, 2018
DBM to wait for a 'friendlier' Congress to pass cash-based budget

MANILA, Philippines – Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Monday, August 13, said they will wait for a "friendlier" Congress to pass the measure that would reform the Philippine budget system. In a ...

PHILIPPINES 12:53pm, Aug 13, 2018
DBM ready for reenacted budget if Congress rejects 2019 proposal

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Should Congress reject the proposed 2019 national budget, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno said they are prepared to reenact this ...