Remembering Archival’s aide, driver

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE ambush-slaying of noted criminal lawyer Noel Archival may have hogged the headlines, but his aide and driver who also got killed have their own stories too.
Candido “Edu” Miñoza, 53, would have been an agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Despite having undergone rigorous training in Manila, Miñoza changed his mind since it would have meant living far from his family. He also had to help his parents with land ownership issues.

So he became Archival’s aide. His job entailed traveling to different courts in the country filing cases for his employer’s high-profile and sometimes controversial clients.


Long-time friends

He was like a courier and a bodyguard rolled into one for at least 20 years, his wife Emily, 42, told Sun.Star Cebu.

As a devotee of the Sto. Niño, Miñoza built a chapel in Barangay San Jose, Cebu City using his own money. The chapel was completed last January, in time for the fiesta celebration.

Now it’s being used for his wake.

“Mura og iyang gipatukod para hayaan niya (It seemed like he had it built just for that purpose),” said Emily, who hasn’t left the chapel since her husband’s remains were brought there.

When Sun.Star Cebu visited his wake, his twin brother Paciano narrated how they met Archival.

When they were younger, the two siblings were students of the lawyer’s parents.

Archival used to ask them to get money from his parents. They’ve become friends since then.

When Archival became a lawyer, Miñoza was the first one he hired as an aide. He also hired Paciano, who resigned in 2008 after suffering from a mild stroke.
“Ingnon gyud ko ni attorney nga paayo og dali. Open ra iyang opisina pirmi para nako daw (He used to tell me to get well soon. He said I was always welcome to go back to work),” Paciano said.

Since working for Archival, Miñoza’s life improved a lot. Archival helped him during the construction of his house and bought his family electric appliances.
When one of their children was hospitalized, the lawyer always helped them financially, Emily said.

Miñoza, on his part, didn’t fail short in attending to his family’s needs and loving his wife and children.

“Para nako, wala’y bana nga parehas niya kabuotan, mapanangaon ug masinabtunon (He was the nicest, generous and understanding husband),” Emily said.

The couple has five children.

In God’s hands

Miñoza will be laid to rest on Friday, the same day Archival will be buried.

For the family of 47-year-old driver Alejandro Jayme, he will be missed as their resident comedian.

“Kung naa siya, lingaw gyud kaayo mi pirmi. Mao gyud ‘to among pangitaon basta magtapok mi tanan (We’d always ask for him because he was always fun to be with),” his sister Florida, 40, said.

Jayme, a native of Barangay Don Gregorio Antigua, Borbon, Cebu, had only been working for Archival for less than two years.

His death may have come as a shock, but some of his family members, including Florida, have accepted it through the guidance of God.

“Wala ko nag-ampo maminawos sa nagpatay. Bati mana. Ang Ginoo nala’y bahala nila. Ang karma dili rana magsaba (I didn’t pray for revenge. I leave the matter in God’s hands),” she said.

Jayme has two daughters, one of whom is graduating from elementary as the class valedictorian in March.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 23, 2014.

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