MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A retired American serviceman was stabbed to death in his apartment near Clark Air Base, the Philippine News Agency reported today.

The government news agency said police shot and killed one assailant Monday night, but two others escaped.

Police Capt. Fred Pineda was quoted as saying the victim, George Jones, 49, formerly of Boston, apparently knew his attackers and allowed them to enter his apartment in Angeles City, about 50 miles north of Manila.

The news agency said neighbors heard noise and called police, who arrived as three men were leaving. One fired, but police shot back and killed him, and the two others fled, the agency report said.

Police found Jones' body, stabbed three times in the chest, PNA said.

Angeles City is near Clark Air Base.

No details were available on Jones' service record.