Columnist Nixon Kua in critical condition after robbery incident
Update: Just got this text from NFA Administrator Lito Banayo (July 23, 2012, 11:39 pm.) Our friend Nixon has gone back to the Divine Creator.
Let’s pray for Nixon Kua, former head of the Philippine Tourism Authority, is now in a criticaI condition at the Calamba Medical center after he was shot at close range Saturday night in front of his brother’s home inside the exclusive Ayala Greenfields in Calamba, Laguna.
According National Food Authority Administrator Lito Banayo, Nixon’s close friend and predecessor at PTA, doctors are giving Nixon, who is at the Intensive Care Unit a 50-50 chance of surviving.
News reports, quoting Laguna police chief Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz, said that amid a downpour, four unidentified armed men shot and seriously wounded Kua and seized from his daughter, Sue Anne, a bag containing P90,000 in cash intended for wages of people working in their house. Robbers also got Sue Anne’s IPhone.
Gerry de Belen, information officer of Sen. Panfilo Lacson and also a close friend of Nixon, said Nixon was with his brother, known to them as Milo (Police identified the brother as Allyxon), his wife and two children, one of them Sue Anne, 21 years old.
Police reports said Nixon sustained gunshot wounds in the face and different parts of his body while his brother also sustained wounds in different parts of his body.
De Belen said the police have arrested a suspect. Nixon’s wife is supposed to identify the guy but she is still in a state of shock.
De Belen said their priority concern now is Nixon and Milo’s survival. There will be time to make the perpetrators pay for their crime.
Nixon was formerly reporter of the Philippine Star. He and I used to cover the Presidential Commission on Good Government at the start of the administration of President Corazon Aquino in 1986.
He also helped out in Joseph Estrada’s media bureau during the latter’s first presidential campaign in 1998. He was appointed head of the PTA, the position now held by Mark Lapid.
Nixon is associated with Sen. Lacson.
As a member of the anti-Gloria Arroyo organization of Former Senior Government Officials, Nixon helped media in documents pertaining to the fertilizer scam, the overpriced NBN/ZTE deal and the anomalous public works contracts questioned by the World Bank.
Nixon now writes for Pilipino Star Ngayon, a tabloid publication of The Philippine Star.
What is scary about this assault on the Kua brothers is, it happened inside the posh Ayala Greenfields, where security is supposed to be tight. Non-residents are required to leave their driver’s license upon entering the subdivision which is marketed as “a magical neighborhood that provides residents with a true sanctuary to come home to everyday.”
The incident once again highlights the deteriorating peace and order situation in the country and the need for a review of the way the government is handling the problem.
Criminals are becoming more brazen especially the riding- in- tandem operations. I shuddered watching the news report last month of a woman shot and killed when she resisted the motorcycle-riding robbers grab of her handbag.
But amid increasing incidents that undermine one’s trust on fellow men, there are always kind souls.
Last month, I was standing along the street in front of Rizal Park (I’m not sure if it’s Ma. Orosa st) waiting for a taxi, almost noon. A taxi stopped but when I told him I was going to Makati, the driver said he couldn’t take me because he was on his way to their garage, which was out of the way to Makati.
But he asked me to get in his cab saying he’ll drop me off along T.M. Kalaw which was the next street, where I would have better chance of getting a taxi.
At first I was hesitant but he seemed kind so I got in. He said, “You should not be standing there. There are a lot of snatchers there. Didn’t you notice you were the only one there?”
He dropped me off in front of the Manila Doctors Hospital with the advice, “Be careful. This area is a snatchers’ nest.”
An act of kindness from a stranger.