Another candle fades awayFormer PCGG Chair Haydee Yorac passed away this morning. She was last year's Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service. I wrote last year about an interview with her by CNN Talk Asia's Lorraine Hahn:
[Atty. Yorac] discussed how, when she took over, there were only 13 lawyers with the government agency, so she went back to the University of the Philippines and recruited bright, young faculty members to join her in her crusade to recover ill-gotten wealth. Today, she says, the number of lawyers have increased to 41.
This prompted Lorraine Hahn to ask her, as idealistic as she was, if it weren't tough for her to expect the same kind of idealism and passion from the people she recruited to her cause. To this, Atty. Yorac simply answered that it wasn't, because as remarkable as her idealism and passion is, it wasn't unique to her. She wasn't cynical, she was never cynical, and she never believed that she was alone.
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