What’s supposed to have been good news for Baron Geisler is turning out to be controversial.
The actor was recently “conferred” with the honorary title “Datu” by the royal family of King Raja Mohammadmamay Hasan Abdurajak and Queen Maria Makiling Helen Fatima Nasaria Panolino Abdurajak of Royal Imperial Lupah Sug Islamic United Kingdom of Sulu & North Borneo.
In his, “Royal Appointment and Recognition” certificate, Baron is tagged “His Excellency Datu Baron Frederick von Geisler, Royal Datu and Ambassador for Peace and Prosperity.”
The couple who conferred the title said the once-troubled man has been an inspiration to youth following his spiritual change.
However, the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo has urged the public not to be “misled” and that Baron is “NOT a Datu of Sulu,” claiming the issuance of the title was done by “false pretenders who are not even recognized by the Philippine government.”
This is based on a statement published on Facebook, Wednesday.
The Royal House of Sulu’s Chancellery said, on behalf of His Royal Majesty Paduka Masahari Al-Maulana Ampun Sultan Hadji Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Almarhum Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, the 35th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, those who conferred the title to Baron are “commoners with no royal blood.”
The statement further stressed the 35th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo’s coronation was recognized by the Philippine government under Memorandum Order No. 427 issued on May 10, 1974.
Neither the couple nor Baron has addressed the issue as of press time.
During the “ceremony” of “conferment,”, Baron said of getting the title: “It’s like parang ikinasal po ako sa obligations na kailangan kong gawin. It’s a marriage na kailangan mong i-nurture at seryosohin. At kailangan ko ring mahalin. And I love doing service work. So, I’m very grateful.”