Communist rebels kill 3 Philippine marines in ambush

Communist guerrillas killed three unarmed Philippine marines who were on their way to a market Sunday as a 22-day Christmas cease-fire began, military officials said. Military officials condemned the attack on the marines, who they said were in civilian clothes, by about 20 New People's Army guerrillas near a farming village in the southwestern province of Palawan, about 360 kilometers south of Manila. Troops had been ordered to hunt down the attackers, the military officials said.