June Keithley dies
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – June Keithley-Castro died on Sunday, November 24 after a long battle with breast cancer, ABS-CBN News reports.
Keithley-Castro, wife of the late veteran news anchor Angelo Castro Jr., was the host of Radio Bandido at the height of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
"There, in the isolation of a radio studio, together with two brave children, she spoke truth to power for 14 hours, heedless of the danger of contesting the media apparatus of the dictatorship," said a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Sunday.
"From the moment she played the 'Mambo Magsaysay' on air in February 1986, to the moment when, a quarter of a century later, she was honored at the EDSA Commemoration this year, June Keithley's courage and faith sustained her as a voice that would not be silenced.
"Because hers was a voice joyously secure in her faith: the very characteristics that will always make her more than just an unforgettable figure in our democratic history – they make her a human being who speaks to all of us for all time on the eternal truths that sustain men and nations," the statement continued.
Her remains will be brought to St. Ignatius of Loyola Cathedral in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Monday, November 25.
Actor Gabe Mercado, who assisted Keithley-Castro at Radio Bandido together with his brother, expressed sadness over her death and paid tribute to her on Twitter.
Tita June was the voice and the face of EDSA. Fr. Reuter was her backbone and her strength. We lost both of them in the span of a year.— Gabe Mercado (@gabemercado) November 24, 2013
Mercado was referring to Fr. James Reuter, another EDSA People Power icon, who passed away on December 31, 2012.
Keithley-Castro was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Castro Jr. himself died of cancer on April 5, 2012.
"To her last breath, she exemplified courage and faith. Her courage enabled her to confront her illness, but also that of her husband, Angelo Castro Jr., whose death we all mourned in 2012, with dignity and the kind of serenity that can only come from an uncompromising faith in the goodness of God and trust in His plan for all things," Lacierda said. – Rappler.com