Radio Veritas Asia Marks Its 40th Year

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Radio Veritas Asia Marks Its 40th Year


Byline: HERN P. ZENAROSA

IN its 40 years of service all over Asia, Radio Veritas is notable for fulfilling its mission of evangelization of human development, but in the Philippines particularly, Radio Veritas is evocative of the "clandestine" radio station that covered every inch of the way of the historic First People Power revolution that ever happened in the world.

Monitored by June Keithley from undisclosed locations, Radio Veritas was the only news source of the on-the-spot drama authenticated by Ms. Keithley's own fear and excitement as she narrated in specific details the movements of troops and the people's advance to meet the soldiers mounted on Army trucks with their murderous machine guns pointed at the crowd.

Of course, it was the heroic Jaime Cardinal Sin who called on the people to take courage and audaciously stand up and show their power to protect the rebel soldiers led by then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fidel Ramos, chief of the Constabulary; but it was June Keithley through Radio Veritas facilities who covered the bloodless people power revolution until the wee hours of the night and the morning after.

This bit of history will be remembered tomorrow when Radio Veritas Asia launches its Ruby Anniversary Celebration at the RVA compound in Fairview Park, Quezon City with Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto, D.D., as the main celebrant and homilist during the Eucharistic Mass.

Fr. Roberto M. Ebisa, SVD, RVA general manager, said theme of the celebration is, "Radio Veritas Asia in Response to Realities of Asian Countries."

Guest speaker at the program ceremony is Undersecretary Francisco L. Benedicto of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Actually, Radio Veritas's Ruby Anniversary is next year yet, but the celebration starts tomorrow for a whole year of religious festivities and thanksgiving. …

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