NBI files raps vs Arroyo's 'fake' stem cell doc

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 10 2014 07:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2014 03:02 AM

MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) has filed a case against an allegedly fake doctor who once administered stem cell therapy on former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Members of the NBI-AOCTD, headed by Head Agent Rommel J. Vallejo, acted on the complaint filed by Dr. Eunice Salazar-Abad, who worked as an aesthetic physician for Antonia Carandang-Park.

The latter is the owner of Green and Young Health and Wellness Center based in San Jose, Tagaytay City.

Vallejo said: “Even for a short period of time working at the clinic, she began to notice some irregularities and the unorthodox method being applied by Park in treating the patients. She discovered too, that Park is using her name and her license number in dealing with patients.”

Salazar-Abad then verified with the Professional Regulation Commission to check if Park is a licensed doctor,

Based on a document dated August 12, 2013, the PRC certified that “after a diligent search, the name Antonia Carandang Park does not appear in the database of Physician, which contains the names of those duly authorized to practice medicine in the Philippines.”

The document reads, “this certification is issued upon request of the Board of Medicine for whatever legal purpose it may serve.”

Park gained popularity when she treated Arroyo, who had been complaining of pains due to a cervical spine surgery.

Salazar-Abad noted Park did not make any effort to speak up when reports tagged her as a “doctor.” She said Park also misrepresented herself as an oncologist.

Vallejo said Park filed her counter-affidavit on August 22, saying she is not a “quack doctor.”

She admitted has not taken the medical licensure exam. She said, however, that her wellness center was not engaged in the practice of medicine.

Vallejo said a witness later surfaced, claiming that her father Rogelio Bandola, a diabetic and amputee, was prescribed Korean raspberry juice by Park for his maintenance medication.

Bandola’s diabetes allegedly worsened, leading to his death on March 2011.

The NBI-AOCTD filed a case against Park for violation of the Medical Act of 1959 before the Tagaytay City Prosecutor’s Office.

Father grieves for daughter

Recent news also came out of another victim, Kate Tan, who was administered a stem cell therapy to manage her cancer.

Tan, a cum laude from Ateneo de Manila, passed away last year at the age of 23.

In a message to doctors, Tan’s father Bernard said: “What pains me is the fact that this doctor of GMA is a fake doctor, it was her deception and fakery that led us to believe that her procedure will work.”

The older Tan said Park promised them a time table of three months and was even given an example of a patient who went on to get healed.

“[Park was] namedropping GMA and other affluent people in our society as her patients, she gave us false hopes and deceived us. In turn, we lost precious time in trusting her [leading] to the death of my daughter. We only found out later that she is a fake doctor,” Tan said.

He said it is “even more painful to know that authorities knows about her illegal practice all along, and is not doing anything to stop her. This fight is to inform others so that they will not be a victim and be a helpless prey to a scammer like her, a professional con artist that even victimized a former president!”