Haydee Yorac

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Haydee Yorac
Chairperson of the Commission on Elections
In office
December 7, 1989 – June 5, 1991
Appointed byCorazon Aquino
Preceded byHilario Davide, Jr.
Succeeded byChristian Monsod
Commissioner on Elections
In office
July 15, 1986 – February 11, 1993
Chairperson of the Presidential Commissioner on Good Government
In office
July 17, 2001 – September 13, 2005
Preceded byJorge V. Sarmiento
Succeeded byCamilo Sabio
Personal details
Born(1941-03-04)March 4, 1941
Saravia, Negros Occidental, Commonwealth of the Philippines
DiedSeptember 13, 2005(2005-09-13) (aged 64)
Chicago, United States

Haydee Bofill Yorac (March 4, 1941 — September 13, 2005) was a Filipino public servant, law professor and politician.

Early life[edit]

Yorac was born on March 4, 1941 in the municipality of Saravia (now E. B. Magalona), Negros Occidental. She earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1962. She placed 8th in the 1962 Philippine Bar Examinations, with an 86.95% rating.[1] She was a member of Purple Feather (Law Honor Society) while a student of law. She also earned a Master of Laws major in public international law, minor in anthropology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1981.

Private career[edit]

Yorac taught and served in the Admissions Screening Committee of the University of the Philippines College of Law. She was an assistant vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Philippines Diliman and a senior researcher of the University of the Philippines Law Center. She also became the chief legal counsel of the University of the Philippines for a few years.

Public career[edit]

She was appointed by then President Corazon Aquino to serve as commissioner of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in 1986.

Yorac vied for a seat in the Philippine Senate in the 1998 national elections through the Reporma–LM party of Renato de Villa but lost.


Haydee Yorac's tomb at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Yorac battled with ovarian cancer and died on September 13, 2005 in Chicago, aged 64. Her remains were buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. She was succeeded as PCGG Chairperson by Camilo Sabio.


  • "Legal Status of Mercenaries"
  • "Preventive Detention and Metaphysics of Repression"
  • "Child Custody Determinations: A Reappraisal"
  • "The Philippine Claim to the Spratly Island Group," Philippine Law Journal
  • Philippine Treaty Series, Vols. 1-4, 6-7 (editor)

Professional and civic affiliations[edit]

Preceded by
Hilario Davide, Jr.
COMELEC Chairman
Succeeded by
Christian Monsod