MANILA, Philippines – A day after the passing of her husband veteran broadcast journalist Angelo Castro, Jr., June Keithley recounted her last moments with him, saying it was a “great grace” to have spent his final hour as a family.
During the wake of Castro at his residence, Keithley shared that her late husband had asked them, his family, to finally let him rest.
Castro had been confined for three months at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City initially due to pneumonia. There, he continued his fight against lung cancer until he died peacefully on Thursday afternoon.
“Sabi niya, ‘Ayoko na, no more na.’ He actually tore off his mask and he said, ‘No more na.’ And so he even took it away from us, that we did not have to do anything,” Keithley told ABS-CBN News.
“He survived for about 45 minutes to an hour, and then he went, and we didn’t have to do anything. We didn’t have to feel any guilt because we wanted to spare him the suffering. He just took it upon himself, and I know it was a great grace that God gave us.”
Keithley, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, said she remains strong and is happy that the “love of her life” is now in a better place.
“God is good, I’m strong, I’m happy, I’m at peace. My husband has been anointed,” she said. “I cried, of course, because my article on Sunday is about the love of my life, who has always been the love of my life. No matter what happens, he’s the love of my life.”
With a health struggle of her own, Keithley said she continues to trust God, as she and Castro did with his battle against cancer.
“God just took away all the pain, all the fear and replaced it with trust. He just took over, and even with Angelo, I knew it was already time for him to go. I knew that God would take charge of everything, and he would show it to me every step of the way,” she said.
Aside from her fight against breast cancer, Keithley is known to have fought for freedom and democracy in the late 1980s. During the People Power revolution against Marcos in 1986, Keithley helped in broadcasting the news about the mass revolt, rallying supporters to EDSA where history was made.