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FACT CHECK: TikTok Video Falsely Claims Senator Criticized New Nat'l Security Adviser Appointment

FACT CHECK: TikTok Video Falsely Claims Senator Criticized New Nat'l Security Adviser Appointment

Claim: On June 9, Facebook blogger "I am Shanwein" posted a three-minute video on TikTok alleging that Sen. Risa Hontiveros criticized president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s appointment of former University of the Philippines professor Clarita Carlos as the new national security adviser (NSA).


In the material that I am Shanwein included in her video, Hontiveros was quoted as saying, "Papaano siya magiging National Security Adviser hindi naman siya security?" (How will she be National Security Adviser when she is not a security personnel?)


I am Shanwein also posted the video on Facebook with the caption: "Ito na naman si Sen. Hontiveros. Binatikos ang incoming Nation (sic) Security Advisor (sic) na wala daw alam sa security. Which by the way, naging president po si Prof. Clarita ng National Defense College. Itong is (sic) madam senator paulit ulit pinapahiya sarili (Here goes Senator Hontiveros again, bashing the incoming [National] Security [Adviser] for not knowing anything about security… by the way, Prof. Clarita served as president of the National Defense College. Madam senator is repeatedly embarrassing herself.)


Rating: False


Facts: Hontiveros did not make the statement, and the quote card that I am Shanwein used was from a satirical post on Facebook posted on early June 9.


Drew Castro, the Facebook user who posted the quote card, said in his caption: “Hindi nga naman kase security si Prof. Carlos! The legacy of Risa Hontiveros. (Satire ito siyempre!)”



Castro's post drew 497 likes and reactions, 151 comments and 33 shares as of writing. It has been reposted by other Facebook users.


Marcos announced on June 8 that Carlos, the first female president of the National Defense College of the Philippines, would be the NSA.


Carlos will replace former armed forces chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr.


As NSA, Carlos will also be the director general of the National Security Council, the principal advisory body for the plans and policies on national security. She will also lead the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and serve as the Anti-Terrorism Council's vice-chairperson.

Why it matters: I am Shanwein's TikTok video has garnered 2,800 views, 84 likes and eight comments as of writing. Meanwhile, the reuploaded TikTok video on I am Shanwein's Facebook page has 290,000 views, 13,000 likes and reactions, 3,500 comments and 761 shares.