Members of the 61st Infantry Battalion who captured a camp believed to be owned by the New People’s Army (NPA), in Salvador Benedicto town in Negros Occidental, have found 1,034 pairs of unused slippers labelled with Vice president Leni Robredo’s name.
On Friday, government forces engaged in 4-hour gunfight with members of NPA in central Negros. An estimated 87 rebels fled after the battle that resulted to the death of six NPA rebels, and wounding four members of Philippine Army.
The rebels who fled the area at around 8PM on Friday left sacks of rice, 2 large boxes of ammunition believed to be from the government armory, clothes, subversive documents, and some clothing.
Authorities are still investigating why Robredo’s campaign materials were found there, including large volume of unused slippers and large banners made of tarpaulins.
The military could not identify whether the materials were supplied to the rebels, or looted from the warehouse.
The central Negros NPA camp is the first rebel territory captured by government forces since President Rodrigo Duterte declared war on reds.
Police said they will also investigate Robredo’s campaign coordinators who were responsible in distributing the materials during the campaign period last year.