Archival, a father of six, ‘had no enemies’

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


TWO brothers of lawyer Noel Archival said yesterday he never complained to them about any problems he may have encountered in his cases.

Before nightfall, Noel’s brother, Nelson, arrived at the crime scene in Dalaguete town with the Cebu City Police Office’s City Intelligence Branch. Nelson, a councilman of Barangay Talamban, said he didn’t know if his brother received death threats.

“We talked a lot, but not about the end of life,” he said.

“Kung naa man gani, dili sad na siya nga klase sa tawo nga mahadlok (If there were any threats, he wasn’t the type who would get scared). It’s part of his job as a lawyer.”

Nelson urged the police to find out who killed his brother, who is survived by six children.

He said the family planned to hold the wake in the St. Peter Memorial Chapel on New Imus Road, Cebu City.

Another member of the Archival family said they believe that Noel’s death was related to his profession. He had handled several drug and robbery cases.

Cebu Lawyer Noel Archival
Cebu Lawyer Noel Archival (Sun.Star Cebu file photo)

Former Cebu City councilor Nestor Archival, the eldest brother, said the family was not privy to Noel’s cases but they know he had no enemy.

“Wala siya’y kontra. Tingali kontra na nanglaban siya pero kontra na personal, wala gyud na’y kontra akong igsoon. But tungod sa iyang profession, siyempre ang mga tawo na naa sa pikas masuko siguro (He had no enemies. But considering his profession, it’s possible some of those parties he faced in court got angry with him),” an emotional Nestor told radio dyLA yesterday.

Nestor said he was deeply hurt by his brother’s death.

“Ako na ang nag-atiman nila (I took care of them after our parents died),” said Nestor. He said he and his siblings are very close and call on each other when problems arise, but Noel did not confide to them about problems in his cases.

“Every now and then he called me to discuss family matters but not his cases,” he said.

“I worry about his family kay gagmay pa na iyang mga bata, naa pa’y high school and elementary (his children are still so young; some of them are still in high school and elementary),” Nestor added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 19, 2014.

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