Three policemen were killed and five wounded in an attack by suspected communist rebels in the southern Philippines, police and army spokesmen said Monday.
The ambush occurred late Sunday in Malaybalay town in Bukidnon province, said national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz.
The police officers were aboard two vehicles en route to the village of Magsaysay to investigate a report of a killing when the guerrillas ambushed them, Cruz added.
Regional army spokesman Major Julio Eugenio Osias said three policemen died in the ambush while five were wounded.
'We have sent more soldiers to the area to help conduct pursuit operations against the rebels,' he added.
Communist rebels have been fighting the government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running insurgencies in Asia.
Government and rebel negotiators resumed formal peace talks last month after the talks were stalled for more than six years. They agreed to complete the negotiations in 18 months.