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“Baron Geisler not a datu of Sulu?”

“Mr. Geisler is not a Datu of Sulu,” a statement from The Royal House of Sulu on Facebook said on Wednesday.

“Mr. Geisler is NOT a Datu of Sulu.”

This was the statement of The Royal House of Sulu on Facebook on Wednesday, September 11, in light of Baron Geisler being conferred with an honorary title of Datu by Mohammadmamay Hasan Abdurajak and Maria Makiling Helen Fatima Nasaria Panolino Abdurajak, who claimed to be the heirs and successors to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.

On behalf of His Royal Majesty Paduka asahari Al-Maulana Ampun Sultan Hadji Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Almarhum Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, the 35th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, The Royal House of Sulu’s Chancellery stated that the issuance of a “fake royal title” to the actor was not from the legitimate Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo.

The statement stressed that the Abdurajak couple, who issued the title of peace and prosperity ambassador to Baron in a ceremony held last Tuesday, are mere “commoners with no royal blood” and are “false pretenders who are not even recognized by the Philippine government as one of the claimants to the Sultanate of Sulu.”

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“The Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo urges the public not to be mislead,” it added.

Meanwhile, in a statement sent to Philstar.com [Hyperlink: https://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2019/09/11/1950977/fake-datu-baron-geisler-reportedly-conferred-false-sulu-royals], Amir Mawallil, a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, said that the Abdujaraks “do not speak in our name,” nor do they represent the Sultanate.

According to him, “For an individual to be called a datu or given any royal title, one must have the bloodlines and lineage that uphold that title.

“The Tausug don’t casually give titles to anyone, for any reason, even if those people ‘inspire’ others… Especially not if they are outsiders to our community and don’t understand our lived experience or know the depth of our history and our struggles.

“The Tausug treat royalty and lineage, along with our glorious past, as very important matters. Many conversations among our kin and elders revolve around how everyone in the community might be related to, or who may be part of a certain royal house. This is a source of pride for most of us who call ourselves ‘people of the current.’”

Baron has yet to publicly respond to The Royal House of Sulu’s statement as of this posting.