Police probe ‘bogus’ stem cell treatment done on DDB exec

A German national and his Thai cohorts are being pursued by Philippine authorities for allegedly conducting a bogus stem cell therapy on a government official for the price of P840,000.

Senior Superintendent Francisco Esguerra of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said they are already coordinating with the victim, Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Antonio Villar, for their investigation.

We immediately coordinated with the PMA [Philippine Medical Association] and through their help, we were able to convince him [Villar] to file a case, said Esguerra, who heads the Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crime Division of the CIDG.

Stem cell therapy has been blamed for the deaths of three politicians, according to the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), as it warned the public against unaccredited foreign doctors who are conducting the treatment usually in five-star hotels.

Esguerra said Villar told them that he met the supposed German physician through a Filipino middleman, who had told him that stem cell therapy would make him feel young.

Apparently, he had been hearing about the positive results of stem cell therapy and that is the reason why he agreed, said Esguerra, recalling his conversation with Villar on Wednesday.

He was expecting that he would feel young again, instead he felt sickly after the therapy, he added.

Esguerra also learned from Villar that the procedure was conducted in a posh hotel.

Esguerra said they hope to file a string of criminal charges against the German physician and his group as soon as Villar completes turning over evidence that could be used in the probe. We are also coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration for the identification and other legal actions of those involved, said Esguerra, adding they are expecting the German and his Thai cohorts to have already fled the country.

Investigators are now banking on the Filipino middleman to shed light on the incident.

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Police probe 'bogus' stem cell treatment done on DDB exec

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