MINDANAO Daily News (MDN) star columnist Ruffy Magbanua has been cited by South Korea’s leading newspaper The Seoul Times for his bold prediction that the reunification of the two warring Korean Peninsula was forthcoming.
In his March 31, 2018 column published in the print and digital editions of the Mindanao Daily, Magbanua sees lasting peace as “not farfetched” with the efforts of the two Korean leaders, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in to end the seven decades old of impasse.
“Your wonderful story has now been published on the front page of The Seoul Times,” said The Seoul Times Managing Editor Joseph Joh in his e-mail message sent to Magbanua.
The two top leaders signed in April the Panmunjom Declaration that will pave the way for a peace treaty by the end of the year.
A month before the historic signing, Magbanua wrote his opinion forecasting the events that would shape the peninsula a few weeks later.
“With the start of a great journey to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, the unification of the two Koreas is not far-fetched,” wrote Magbanua in his March 31.
“For now, the two Korean leaders are acting like mountain climbers, trying to reach the peak and establish a base camp there in which they could agree on a great bargain – that of attaining world peace,” he added.
Aside from writing his column, Magbanua is also the Vice President for Business Development of Mindanao Daily News, a print and digital newspaper in Mindanao, Philippines. He is also the President of Cagayan de Oro Press Club and the only “Anvil awardee” in community journalism in Mindanao.
In a statement, Mindanao Daily Publisher and CEO Dante Sudaria commended Magbanua for putting Mindanao Daily News on the world map, calling him “the only journalist who predicted peace for the two Korean nations.
MDN Editor in Chief Allan M. Mediante, who is also the Vice President of the Philippine Press Institute, said Magbanua’s column predicting the reunification of the two Koreas is timely and worth appreciating by the world.
Meanwhile, MDN Managing Editor Ruel Pelone commented that the Seoul Time special treatment of Magbanua’s article is a big boost to the credibility of local journalists like Magbanua.
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