#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 14, 2018

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Hello Rappler readers,

The family of renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking has just announced his death. In a statement, his children said, "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years."

In the Philippines, the controversy continues over the dismissal of charges against suspected drug lords. Police said they might just use their subpoena powers, while bishops slammed the Department of Justice.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge. He was 76.

PNP eyes subpoena powers for Lim, Espinosa

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) might use its subpoena powers for alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa, if charges against the two really don't progress.

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Lim, Espinosa

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said he is "dumbfounded" over the Department of Justice's decision to junk drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David also said due process seems to be "very selective."

PET resets VP protest ballot recount

The ballot recount for the electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo was moved from March 19 to April 2.

House members disagree on Sereno articles of impeachment

The House justice committee will miss its deadline on Wednesday, March 14, to pass draft articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The lawmakers are disagreeing over what to include in the articles of impeachment.

De Lima medical test shows 'benign' liver mass

Detained Senator Leila de Lima said CT scan results show that her liver mass is benign. She also assured supporters there is "nothing to worry about."

Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson

US President Donald Trump sacked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him. Meanwhile, career intelligence officer Gina Haspel will replace Pompeo. She's the first woman tapped to head the CIA.

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