Man who set self on fire is ex-Scout Ranger

Posted at 09/28/2012 10:03 AM | Updated as of 09/28/2012 10:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The man who set himself on fire inside the kiosk of Magellan's Cross in Cebu City has been identified.

He is Exequiel Geneston, 74, and said to be a former Scout Ranger. He and his family live in Barangay Lorega in Cebu City.

His family refused to talk to members of the media but their neighbors volunteered the information that Geneston was supposed to travel to Bohol yesterday morning.

He was even accompanied by a daughter to the pier.

They were surprised to learn that Exequiel doused himself with gasoline and then set himself alight inside the kiosk of Magellan's Cross just outside the Basilica del Sto Nino.

Geneston is undergoing treatment at the Cebu City Medical Center.