The Catholic Church are obviously trying their best to silence the blare of the panic button on Yalung’s scandals and his eventual resignation. The church brewed an uncanny plan of mitigating the intensity of the sandal by coinciding it with the plan to carve out new diocese out of the Archdiocese of Manila in December of 2002.
The CBCP and the RCAM even presumed that the searing inquisition of the press people will be watered down by Cardinal Sin’s presence and political influence rather than Yalung’s scandals. However, if anyone insisted, the standard answer would be, “…for health reasons,” one source said.
As part of the cover-ups, Monsignor Hernando Coronel, then RCAM Treasurer, spearheaded in the plight to make sure Rances will not blurt out her stories, but she refused to be tamed down. For some time, through Newsbreak, Rances yield for an interview, but backed out several times till she no longer can be contacted.
More hubbub is being done under the Catholic roof to muffle Yalung’s resignation and his exodus to the US. Bishop Socrates Villegas would tell his priests that Yalung was just on leave. On December 11, meeting called out to finally announce that Bishop Gabriel Reyes will be the new bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo.
Bishop Reyes’ installation was abrupt and cold – no fanfare whatsoever. Could it be a cover-up mission?
Parishioners were left hanging in the mid-air gasping for the truth. Yalung’s departure was as murky as a puddle of mud. Yalung is sending mixed and unpalpable signals to his orphaned diocese saying, “he left the diocese not to flee but to let the local church grow and to serve. I love the Church and the God-given vocation to serve her. I gave my best to the Church…I have also committed quite a few mistakes, some administrative, other personal and others relational.”
As for Rances at the period, already pregnant of her second child with Yalung, is actually clueless of his whereabouts. Rances, being persistent, had a chance to meet the Nuncio on December 2002. But was told, “from now on, consider yourself as the father and mother of your child.”