Edward Manibusan

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Ed Manibusan
6th and 24th Attorney General of the Northern Mariana Islands
Assumed office
January 12, 2015
GovernorEloy Inos
Ralph Torres
Preceded byGilbert Birnbrich
In office
July 1, 1989 – January 8, 1990
GovernorPedro Tenorio
Preceded byAlexandro Castro
Succeeded byRobert Naraja
Personal details
BornOctober 1953 (age 67)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Guam
California State University,
Gonzaga University (JD)

Edward Eladio Manibusan is the Attorney General of the Northern Mariana Islands. He is the first elected attorney general; previous AGs were appointed by the governor.

Manibusan was elected in 2014, defeating attorney Michael Evangelista by about a two to one margin.[1] He was reelected in 2018, without opposition.[2]

Before he was elected Attorney General, Manibusan was the head of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety, the appointed Attorney General from 1989 to 1990, an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from February 1993 to July 1998,[3] the Presiding Judge of the NMI Superior Court from July 1998 to March 2003,[3] and an attorney in solo private practice. Prior to the election he also held an honorary appointment as the Civilian Aide to the United States Secretary of the Army for the CNMI.[4]

From 2012 to 2014 he was the chairman of the territorial Democratic Party.[5] In that capacity he worked to rebuild ties with the Democratic National Committee, and ensure the party ran a gubernatorial candidate in the 2014 election, after it failed to do so in 2009.[6]


  1. ^ De La Torre, Freddie (November 6, 2014). "Former judge Manibusan wins over Evangelista in AG race". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.votecnmi.gov.mp/archive/97-archive/election-results/125-2018-general-election-results
  3. ^ a b "Northern Mariana Islands Judiciary, Former Judges" (PDF). May 25, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Eugenio, Haidee (February 10, 2014). "Manibusan to run for AG". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Democratic Party elects Manibusan as chair of Central Executive Committee" (Press release). CNMI Democratic Party. April 6, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Erediano, Emmanuel (September 3, 2013). "NMI Democrats now active in national party". Marianas Variety.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexandro Castro
Attorney General of the Northern Mariana Islands

Succeeded by
Robert Naraja
Preceded by
Gilbert Birnbrich
Attorney General of the Northern Mariana Islands
Party political offices
Preceded by
Chair of the Northern Mariana Islands Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Rosiky Camacho