Magpale, vendors remember Archival

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Friday, February 21, 2014


“I REMEMBER there was food in my office and I invited him for lunch and all he said, ‘Kumusta ka na nanay (how are you mommy)?’”

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale recalled that was the last time she met lawyer Noel Archival. Magpale said he had volunteered to help her when she sat as acting governor.

Archival was the one who served the notice to vacate the office of the governor to the staff of former governor Gwendolyn Garcia during the latter’s suspension for an administrative case.

“I never met him before. He came to my office. I was even kidding, ‘Are you sure you’re a lawyer?’ Si Atty. Archival he is so bugoy (fun-loving). And when he arrived, he said, ‘Yes I am a criminal lawyer,’” Magpale said.

Volunteer

That time, Archival told Magpale he was willing to volunteer in serving the notice.

Garcia was suspended on Dec.19, 2012.

Magpale said a notice to vacate was handed to Garcia’s staff through Archival that night, before the governor’s office was padlocked on Jan. 30.

Magpale said that after serving the notice, he told her, “Ok, done. I served (the notice), but I’m hungry.”

Hearing

Archival, his aide and driver were killed in an ambush in Barangay Corro, Dalaguete last Tuesday while they were on their way back to Cebu City from a court hearing in Dumaguete City.

Magpale said she had asked Cebu Provincial Police Director Noel Gillamac to provide security for Archival’s family.

In a separate interview, a dispatcher and street vendors near the lawyer’s office remember Archival as friendly and generous.

Roweno Silva, 43, a dispatcher and cigarette vendor, said he assisted Archival when the lawyer waited for a taxi.

“Mura siya’g pareha nato nga ultimo (He was one with us),” Silva said.

He said Archival also helped him avoid a complaint.

Silva said Archival was at the Capitol compound when police filed a case against him for violating a city ordinance for illegal dispatching.

Silva saw Archival and asked for his help. Archival knew the police and convinced them not to pursue with the case.

Vendor Gaspar Aton, 65, said he knew Archival to be a good person.

Another vendor, Allan David, 60, said the lawyer usually bought cigarettes from him.

David said Archival usually gave them cash or T-shirts during Christmas.

“I cried when I learned that he was shot dead,” he said in Cebuano.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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