Johaira C. Wahab-Manantan

Field of Study / Research: LLM National Security Law

Program: Fulbright - Philippine Program - Students


Philippine Affiliation: Department of Foreign Affairs Pasay City

U.S. Affiliation: Georgetown University Washington, DC

Johaira C. Wahab-Manantan is a career foreign service officer from the Department of Foreign Affairs, currently based in Manila.

Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, she was involved in the Government’s peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. She headed the legal team of the Philippine Government in peace negotiations with the Muslim rebel group from 2010 to 2013, when she was appointed by President Aquino to sit in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, as one of the government nominees. The Bangsamoro Transition Commission drafted the Bangsamoro Basic Law to set up an enhanced autonomous region for the Bangsamoro, pursuant to the peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. She was the youngest member of the Commission, where she served as Floor Leader, chair of the Committee on Transitional Arrangements, and member in the committees on justice and security and political autonomy. Prior to working in government, she was a junior associate in the law firm of Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

Ms. Wahab-Manantan is a graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP), receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy magna cum laude in 2005, and Juris Doctor degree from the UP College of Law with distinction in 2009. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2010 and topped the Foreign Service Officers Examination in 2012.

She is a member of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nisa Ul Haqq Fi Bangsamoro, an NGO based in Mindanao advocating gender justice in Islam. She also served as a member of the International Advisory Group of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, from 2011 to 2014.

As a foreign service officer, she serves as the Director for Foreign Policy Analysis of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination of the Department of Foreign Affairs.