CIDG to track down hotel stem cell docs

By Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2013 03:08 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2013 12:28 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - The head of the Dangerous Drugs Board has formally filed a complaint against a Filipino agent and 3 foreigners, including a German doctor, Thai doctor and Thai nurse, who allegedly performed an illegal stem cell procedure on him and his wife in a five-star hotel last June 2012.

DDB Chairman Antonio "Bebot" Villar formally filed a complaint before the anti-fraud division of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), through his legal counsel, Clare Cagayanan. 

The CIDG will be conducting an in-depth investigation on the complaint and will also be coordinating with the Interpol and concerned embassies in tracking down the foreigners who were involved in the illegal practice of stem cell treatment in the country.

Villar said that after undergoing stem cell treatment using sheep stem cells, he became even weaker. Worse, his prostate became enlarged, prompting him to undergo a series of radiation therapy until now.

Villar added that the size of his prostate was normal before the stem cell procedure. His wife has also complained of abnormal blood sugar after the stem cell procedure.

Villar's camp refused to reveal the names of those mentioned in the complaint pending the results of CIDG's investigation and filing of the case in court.

The CIDG is appealing to the other victims of illegal stem cell procedure to come out and file a formal complaint to put a stop to the illegal practice.


Dr. Noel Olarte, president of Philippine Medical Association, said he suspects Villar was injected with IV solution and not stem cells.

He warned the public that the only stem cell treatment allowed by Department of Health is the one using the adult stem cell of the patient and not from animals, plants and even embryos and aborted fetus.

Olarte, who has already undergone an autologous stem cell procedure, said his blood sugar and blood pressure became normal after the treatment.

The Dangerous Drugs Board will also be creating a task force to crack down on those involved in the trafficking of fraudulent medicines especially those used in illegal stem cell treatment.

Secretary Villar and his wife paid roughly P1 million each for the procedure, although generally the cost ranges from P3 million to P5 million.