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Haydee Yorac

Haydee Yorac
Chairman of the Commission on Elections
In office
December 7, 1989 – June 5, 1991
Appointed by Corazon Aquino
Preceded by Hilario Davide, Jr.
Succeeded by Christian Monsod
Commissioner on Elections
In office
July 15, 1986 – February 11, 1993
Chairman of the Presidential Commissioner on Good Government
In office
July 17, 2001 – September 13, 2005
Preceded by Jorge V. Sarmiento
Succeeded by Camilo Sabio
Personal details
Born (1941-03-04)March 4, 1941
Saravia, Negros Occidental, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died September 13, 2005(2005-09-13) (aged 64)
Chicago, United States
Nationality Filipino

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

Early life

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 in 1962. She also earned a Master of Arts major in Public International Law, minor in Anthropology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981.

Private career

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.

Public career

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 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 veteran lawyer and constitutionalist 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

  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Philippine Society of International Law
  • American Society of International Law
  • Free Legal Assistance Group (National Board Member)
  • U.P. Alpha Phi Omega Sorority (Formerly U.P. Kappa Phi Omega Sorority)
Preceded by
Hilario Davide, Jr.
COMELEC Chairman
Succeeded by
Christian Monsod

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