Communist guerrillas in the Philippines have killed three government soldiers and wounded nine others in Quezon province, east of Manila.

A military spokesman in the capital said Tuesday the soldiers died during a firefight Monday with guerrillas of the communist New People's Army, which has been fighting against the Philippines government since the 1960s.

There is no word on rebel casualties.

An attack by NPA rebels on Saturday killed nine troops and wounded at least 20 on the central island of Panay, and another clash a day later that killed one policeman.

Military officials said troops killed 10 communist rebels Monday on Leyte island. Leftists and some human-rights groups, however, say the dead were not NPA guerrillas but poor farmers and political activists.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.