Receiving the Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2004
The well-loved and highly-respected former PCGG and Comelec chair passed away yesterday, September 13, in Chicago of kidney failure. She was 64.
I had the chance of escorting her from her hotel to Xavier University when I was Prsident of the Central Student Government. She was to speak during our graduation rites that afternoon. Fr. President Antonio Samson, SJ was at the wheel (I couldn't drive, dyahe!) while she was seated at the back.
She was a very mellow speaker despite the fact that she actually commanded attention during the height of 3G (Guns, Goons, and Gold) elections in the late 80's. Ms Yorac - who once described herself as "mabangis" (fierce) although uncovincingly so - deserves her rest.
With her goes the appreciation and gratitude of the entire Filipino nation. Farewell!