Pope says Big Bang Theory does not contradict the role of God + more things you might have missed today

Plunder charges against Senate President Drilon, Daniel Radcliffe is an impressive rapper, and more.

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(SPOT.ph) Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.


1. Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict the role of God

Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" and evolution are not in conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said, addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. "The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love," he said. "The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God, on the contrary it requires it."


On evolution, the Pope had this to say: "Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of (divine) creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve."



2. Senate panel invites VP Binay to November 6 hearing

The Senate’s Blue Ribbon committee on the accountability of public officers and investigations has formally invited Vice President Jejomar Binay to an inquiry on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II on November 6. This comes after Binay previously said that he would consider attending the probe if the mother committee (i.e., the Blue Ribbon), and not just the subcommittee, were to invite him.


3. Raps filed vs. Drilon, Jimenez, Singson over "overpriced" convention center

Graft and plunder charges were filed against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, and other Department of Public Works and Highways officials before the Ombudsman on Wednesday. The charges stemmed from the allegedly overpriced Iloilo Convention Center, a purported P700-million pet project of Drilon being carried out by Hilmarc's Construction Corp., the contractor of the allegedly overpriced Makati parking building.

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"[Si Drilon] po ang namuno nito. Siya ang nag-conceive nito at siya po ang lumakad para sa project," said Manuel Mejorada, a former provincial administrator of Iloilo, who also filed the charges against the officials.


4. A "family drama" for Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta

It’s going to be a packed 2015 for Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta. Devoted fans can look forward to a family-themed teleserye alongside Tonton Gutierrez, Assunta de Rossi, Jessy Mendiola, JC de Vera, and Sam Concepcion. "Simple lang ’yung pamumuhay namin dito until naging successful kami, lumaki ’yung bahay, tumira sa ibang lugar and then nagkaroon ng complexity dahil sa ganoong pangyayari. Minsan, kapag mayangra ang buhay, nagiging complex naman ’yung sitwasyon ng pamilya," explained Gomez.


The pair will also co-star with Bea Alonzo in a movie tentatively titled Crossroads, slated for a 2015 release.


5. Revilla says he'd give up all of his wealth if it's proven ill-gotten


Detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. on Tuesday said he is willing to give up his entire fortune if the prosecution proves his riches were ill-gotten. "Ibibigay ko lahat ng kayamanan ko kung mapapatunayan n'yo at makakapaglabas kayo ng ebidensiya. Alalahanin nyo, kahit singkong duling ay wala pa kayong napapatunayan na ninakaw ko," Revilla said in a press statement.


Government prosecutors earlier asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to secure P224 million worth of Revilla’s assets, equivalent to the amount that he has been accused of receiving as kickbacks from the pork barrel scam.


6. Watch: Daniel Radcliffe raps Blackalicious’ "Alphabet Aerobics"

It turns out that Daniel Radcliffe can rap. Really, really well. He flawlessly performs the song "Alphabet Aerobics," with the help of The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon.


7. "Super sale" in mall ends with irate shoppers, chaos

Angry shoppers caused a scene in a mall late Tuesday, after a smartphone company abruptly stopped its "super sale" hours before its scheduled end. Hundreds flocked to a ZTE kiosk in SM City North EDSA and refused to leave after store managers announced that the particular branch had run out of units for the sale. The company reportedly clarified that for each participating outlet, only 100 units of the brand’s Grand X2 L smartphone were part of the promo.



The Grand X2 L has a suggested retail price of P11,999, and was being offered at P1,999 as part of the bargain deal.


8. Coolest Offices in Manila: Globe Telecom

Ever wondered what’s inside that tall Globe Tower? Take a sneak peek inside this 28-storey building.


9. Smackdown: DILG Secretary Mar Roxas vs. Vice President Jejomar Binay

We matched Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Lifestyle checks, Internet cred, recent pogi points, and more...who will triumph?


10. Gig Guide: Where to Go for Halloween 2014

Still looking for a Halloween party? We’ve got you covered. Put on your best (and funniest) costume, and head to any of these gigs, parties, and events all happening this Halloween week-there are over 30 for you to choose from!

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