#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 2, 2018

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DEFIANT. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales will not enforce the suspension order against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (left). Photo by Rappler

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Good morning Rapplers!

Malacañang asserted the authority of President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang despite a Supreme Court (SC) ruling that declared such acts as unconstitutional. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier rejected Duterte's order to suspend Carandang for 90 days.

One of the Constitution's framers, Christian Monsod, spoke out on Congress' push for Charter Change, saying the problem is not the 1987 Constitution but the legislators tasked to implement it.

Meanwhile, Rappler submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) its counter-affidavit against the cyber libel complaint of businessman Wilfredo Keng.

All this and more are in today's wRap.

Malacañang on Carandang: 'There is only one President'

'Without a TRO, we will implement the law,' Malacañang says after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales rejected its suspension order against Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang

Congress, not Constitution, is the problem – Monsod

'The problem is not the Constitution but the legislators who slept on the job for 30 years to fully implement it,' says Christian Monsod, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution

EXCLUSIVE: Viterbo resigns as SEC commissioner

SEC Commissioner Blas James Viterbo, whose term ends in 2021, has tendered his resignation due to 'health reasons'

Rappler answers cyber libel complaint at NBI

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa asks the National Bureau of Investigation to stop the investigation for lack of legal basis

NBI arrests Taguba, hunts down 7 others in shabu shipment case

Included in the manhunt is Kenneth Dong who was hastily arrested in August 2017 for a rape charge, but has since been freed

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension to start mid-2018

LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation also says there will be no fare hike surprises as the train system is upgraded and expanded

Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton is in Manila! Here’s how you can meet him

The photographer will be doing a presentation at UP Diliman, and admission to the event is free!

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