Kris sends autographed photo as gift to MILF chief's family

By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 13 2012 04:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2012 03:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Television personality Kris Aquino sent an autographed picture of her with other Muslim women as a gift to the family of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Ebrahim Murad.

Speaking for the first time before the peace panel in Malaysia, newly appointed government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer said: “May we request Brother [MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal] to deliver, in behalf of Ms. Aquino, to the family of MILF chair, Ebrahim “Kagi” Murad, this framed and autographed photo of Ms. Aquino with an entourage of MILF women.”

Ferrer added that the president’s youngest sister “thoughtfully remembered her charming encounter with the MILF ladies at the signing of the Framework Agreement in Malacanang last October 15.”

It was the television personality who was tasked to entertain the wife of Murad during the signing of the framework agreement on the creation of the Bangsamoro.

“I met the wife of Chairman Murad in Malacañang. She was teary eyed telling me her grandkids will now experience peace,” Aquino had shared.

Aside from Murad’s wife, Aquino also said she met Riza Aziz, the son of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak.

Ferrer said she did not know at first what that “special gift” was. “We were not aware what this gift was all about. Our office was just asked to pick up a package at the Palace with the instruction to bring it to Kuala Lumpur during this round.”

As for the government panel, Ferrer said they don’t have a gift with them to give to Murad’s family.

“We bear no gifts for you other than the gift of companionship. But if you want signed photographs with our President, Kris Aquino, or the former chair now associate justice Marvic Leonen, I'm sure it can be arranged,” she said.

Ferrer took over the position from Leonen, who was appointed to the Supreme Court.