SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, the first American Attorney General of Filipino ancestry, today makes the following statement pertaining to Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines:
“I applaud the tremendous courage and compassion of Pope Francis in seeing through his visit to the Philippines despite heightened threats by Muslim extremists against security, law enforcement and humankind worldwide. Such leadership is inspirational. As one whose family faced similar threats against its freedoms under a dictatorial regime in the Philippines, I feel strongly that America cannot demur and its leaders should never shrink in the face of terrorism. Rather, we must stand up to these threats much like our nation and leaders did in the days following 9/11.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Attorney General Reyes is available for further comment; photos are available upon request.
About Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Sean D. Reyes is the 21st Attorney General and first ethnic minority elected statewide in Utah. First appointed in December 2013 to lift an office rocked by scandal and neglect, Reyes has received wide praise locally and nationally for transforming the Utah AG’s office, regaining public trust and successfully handling many of the most high profile and important cases in state history. In November 2013, he was elected by one of the largest margins among state races nationwide. Among numerous national awards and honors, Reyes was recognized as the first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer (a distinction bestowed on one lawyer out of millions nationwide) by the American Bar Association.
Reyes’ father, Norberto “Buddy” Reyes, is a native of the Philippines with Spanish/Filipino blood who in his youth toured as a singer with Bob Hope, had his art commissioned by Pope Paul VI to display in the Vatican, and had his own radio and TV programs in the Philippines. However, Buddy Reyes fled to the United States after threats on his life for speaking out against the Marcos regime. Again, he found success in art, winning numerous shows and contests, including the first annual Martin Luther King Art Contest and having his paintings displayed in venues such as the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
To learn more about AG Reyes, visit: www.seanreyes.com.