Forty-eight rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA) recently yielded to government troops in the Philippines’ southern province of Bukidnon.

Philippine Army spokesman Noel Detoyato said that the leftist rebels were former members of the NPA's so-called Guerrilla Front 6 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee operating in Bukidnon province. As many as 43 surrendered on March 22 and five laid down their arms on March 24.

They handed over an assortment of firearms, he added .

The rebels are now undergoing debriefing.-VNA