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ACT NO. 5443
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5443 - AN
ACT GRANTING THE GALAXY LINES, INC. A FRANCHISE TO ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN
AND OPERATE PRIVATE FIXED POINT-TO-POINT, PRIVATE COASTAL, LAND-BASED
AND LAND MOBILE RADIO STATIONS FOR THE TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION OF
WIRELESS MESSAGES TO AND FROM SAID STATIONS
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1. The Galaxy Lines, Inc. is hereby granted a
franchise to establish, maintain and operate private fixed
point-to-point, private coastal, land-based and land-mobile radio
stations in Manila as well as in all such places within the Philippines
where it operates its business and/or the interest of its trade and
business activities justify, subject to the approval of the Secretary
of Public Works and Communications, for the transmission and reception
of wireless messages on radiotelegraph or radiotelephone to and from
said stations, each station to be provided with a radio transmitting
and a radio receiving apparatus.
Sec. 2. This franchise shall continue to be in
force for a period of twenty-five years and is granted upon the express
condition that the same shall be void unless the construction or
installation of at least one station be begun within two years from the
date of approval of this Act and be completed within four years from
The President of the Philippines shall have the power and authority to
permit the location of said private fixed point-to-point, private
coastal, land-based and land mobile radio stations on any land of the
public domain upon such terms as he may prescribe.
Sec. 3. The grantee shall not engage in domestic
business of telecommunications in the Philippines without further
special assent of the Congress of the Philippines, it being understood
that the purpose of this franchise is to secure to the grantee the
right to establish, maintain and operate private fixed point-to-point,
private coastal, land-based and land-mobile radio stations at the
places hereinabove stated for no other purpose than to promote, protect
and subserve the trade and business interests of the grantee.
Sec. 4. No fees shall be charged by the grantee as
the radio stations that may be established by virtue of this Act shall
engage in communications regarding the grantee's business only.
Sec. 5. The grantee shall so construct and operate
its stations as not to interfere with the operation of other radio
stations maintained and operated in the Philippines.
Sec. 6. The grantee is authorized to operate its
radio stations on the frequency and/or frequencies that may be assigned
to it by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications.
Sec. 7. A special right is hereby reserved to the
President of the Philippines in time of war, insurrection, public
peril, calamity, or disaster to cause the closing of the grantee's
radio stations or to authorize the temporary use or possession thereof
by any department of the government upon just compensation.
Sec. 8. This franchise shall be subject to
amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines
when the public interest so requires, and shall not be interpreted as
an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided.
Sec. 9. The grantee shall be subject to the
corporation laws of the Philippines now existing or which may hereafter
SECTION 10. The grantee shall not lease, transfer,
grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this franchise, or the rights or
privileges acquired thereunder to any person, firm, company,
corporation or other commercial or legal entity, nor merge with any
other person, company, corporation organized for the same purpose
without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Any
corporation to which this franchise may be sold, transferred, or
assigned shall be subject to the corporation laws of the Philippines
now existing or hereafter enacted, and any person, firm, company,
corporation or other commercial or legal entity to which this franchise
is sold, transferred, or assigned shall be subject to all conditions,
terms, restrictions and limitations of this franchise as fully and
completely and to the same extent as if the franchise had been
originally granted to the said person, firm, company, corporation or
other commercial or legal entity.
SECTION 11. Whenever in this Act the term "grantee"
is used, it shall be held and understood to mean and represent the
Galaxy Lines, Inc., its representatives, successors or
SECTION 12. This Act shall take effect upon its
Enacted without Executive
approval, September 9, 1968.
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