June Keithley, icon of 1986 EDSA revolt, succumbs to cancer

November 24, 2013 12:18 PM

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By: InterAksyon.com November 24, 2013 8:55 PM

MANILA – Media and theater personality June Keithley, who was thrust into the historic 1986 EDSA Revolt as the voice that held the line for anti-dictatorship forces with her continuing broadcast from a renegade “Radyo Bandido,” died Sunday night, according to the ABS-CBN network, where she and her late husband Angelo Castro worked for many years.

Keithley had been battling cancer for the past few years, alongside the equally cancer-stricken Castro, a broadcast journalist who anchored the network’s late-night English-language news program until several weeks before his death.

Keithley succumbed to cancer at the St. Luke’s Medical Center. Few other details were available at press time.

As a convent-bred colegiala who once admitted in an interview that she was in “rebellion” mode in her youth, the talented Keithley credited her most important mentor, the late Jesuit communicator Fr. James Reuter, with giving her direction and inspiring her to do social action work. It was also the influence of Reuter, once persecuted by the Marcos regime for encouraging churchmen critical of martial law, that was seen as instrumental in making Keithley a willing participant in the dramatic events that unfolded at EDSA starting on February 22, 1986.

Source: interaksyon.com

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