She was appointed by then President Corazon Aquino to serve as Commissioner of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in 1986. Later, she was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Chairwoman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), an independent agency tasked to recover the ill-gotten wealth of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos, his family and cronies.
Yorac vied for a seat in the Philippine Senate in the 1998 national elections but lost.
For restoring public trust to the PCGG and a lifetime dedicated to public service, Yorac received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service.
Yorac battled with cancer and died on September 13, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. Her remains were buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. She was succeeded as PCGG Chairperson by veteran lawyer and constitutionalist Camilo Sabio.
Remembering Haydee Yorac; (Eulogy Delivered at the University of the Philippines, Bahay Kalinaw, September 21, 2005, 7:00 P.M.)
Sep 27, 2005; Byline: ABRAHAM F. SARMIENTO IN compliance with the letter-invitation of UP through Dr. Lydia Arcel-lana, Asst. V.P. for Public...