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A Bright, Promising Girl Robbed Of Her Life By A False PinoyDoctor

“Estafa” is a relatively light case with very light sanctions, but the Tan family may have to content themselves with that, in their bid for justice for their daughter.

Kate Tan, a beautiful achiever, was like a lot of well-bred teens who dream of a bright future: She was sunny, studied hard, and had simple joys such as certain drinks from Starbucks. She enjoyed the beach, and she certainly looked forward to her graduation from college.

When she graduated, she managed to achieve more than what most teens managed to do: She graduated Cum Laude with an AB Communication Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. She even earned a Best Thesis award for her study, “Cancer Among Adolescents.” In short, this was a brilliant young lady with a shimmering, possibly even stunning future ahead of her.  

However, that bright, bright future was not meant to be. As clouds sometimes wreck an otherwise sunny day, there was a cloud that shut out the sun in Katherine Grace “Kate” Tan’s life: On July 4, 2013, just a couple of months after her graduation, Kate succumbed to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Kate had battled this disease since 2009. She even experienced remission for a year. However, when the disease returned with full vengeance in June 2012, she put her hopes in the methods of the doctor who may well have steered her to death.

Dr. Antonia Carandang-Park was known to have “cured” the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with her alternative healing methods in the form of stem cell treatments. When Kate decided that she wanted to be treated by this doctor, she and her family hoped that Dr. Carandang-Park’s juice diet and stem cell injections would be the solution to her condition. Instead, it was the treatment that seemed to have led to Kate’s death.

It was a month after Kate passed on that her father, businessman Bernard Tan, discovered that Dr. Antonia Carandang-Park does NOT have a license to practice Medicine in the Philippines. In fact, when interrogated by the National Bureau of Investigation, “Dr.” Carandang-Park admitted that she is NOT an M.D., and DOES NOT have the license to practice Medicine in any form or any corner of the Philippines. Oddly, she also admitted to the NBI that her wellness center is NOT involved in the practice of Medicine. However, she claims to have the licenses to practice medicine in London and Korea.

Given these facts, it is sad that Mr. Bernard Tan can only file for “Estafa” charges against the quack “doctor.” It is sad that in the quest to see his daughter get well, the basic information as to whether this “doctor” was actually licensed to administer treatments for critical illnesses did not come to his knowledge sooner. It is sad that the world lost a brilliant young lady. It is sad that Mr. Bernard Tan and his family lost a very loving and beloved member.

This is why there has to be a way to penalize killers like “Doctor” Carandang-Park. Lives do not need to be sacrificed on the altar of a charlatan’s moneymaking schemes. Families do not have to settle for a mere slap on the wrist, as “Estafa” is.

Please sign the petition that Mr. Tan started for his daughter: Stop Antonia Carandang -Park from practicing as a medical doctor. She is a quack!

Hop on over to the Kate Tan Foundation, Inc. Facebook Page if you want to help out in a cause built on Kate’s legacy.


Updates: The Rappler has published updates on the FAKE PinoyDoctor. She has been charged with one count of "Illegal Practice of Medicine" and 8 counts of Estafa. Tagaytay acting City Prosecutor Monica Liwag filed a petition to add Carandang-Park in the Bureau of Immigration's Immigration Look Out Bulletin Order last April 16, 2015.

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