PHILIPPINE LAWS, STATUTES AND CODES - CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW LIBRARY
|REPUBLIC ACT NO. 2980 - AN ACT
GRANTING RADIO PHILIPPINE NETWORK, INC., A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO
CONSTRUCT, ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING AND
TELEVISION STATIONS WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES
1. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution, as
well as of Act Numbered Thirty-eight hundred forty-six, entitled "An
Act providing for the regulation of radio stations and radio
communications in the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes;"
Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred forty-six, known as the Public
Service Act, and their amendments, and other applicable laws not
inconsistent with this Act, Radio Philippine Network, Inc., is hereby
granted a temporary permit to construct, established, maintain and
operate for commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio
broadcasting and television stations within the Philippines: Provided,
That this temporary permit shall be void unless the construction of at
least one radio broadcasting or one television station be begun within
two years from the date of approval of this Act, and be completed
within four years from said date: Provided, further, That the grantee
shall provide public service time to enable the Government, through the
said radio broadcasting and television stations, to reach the
population on important public issues; shall assist in the function of
public information and education; shall conform to the ethics of honest
enterprise; and shall not use its stations for the broadcasting and/or
telecasting of obscene or indecent language, act or scene, or for the
dissemination of deliberately false information or willful
misrepresentation, or to the detriment of the public health, or to
incite, encourage, or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 2. In the event of any competing person, natural or juridical, receiving from the Congress a similar temporary permit in which there shall be any term or terms more favorable than those herein granted or tending to place the herein grantee at any disadvantage, then such term or terms shall ipso facto become a part of the terms hereof and shall operate equally in favor of the grantee as in the case of said competing person.
Sec. 3. A special right is reserved to the President of the Philippines in time of war, rebellion, public peril or other national emergency and when public safety requires, to cause the closing of the grantee's radio station or stations or to authorize the use or possession thereof by any department of the Government without compensation to the grantee for the use of said stations during the continuance of the national emergency.
Sec. 4. The grantee shall file a bond in the amount of fifty thousand pesos to guarantee the full compliance and fulfillment of the condition, under which this permit is granted.
Sec. 5. The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, act or scene or other matter to be broadcast and/or telecast from its stations; but if any such speech, play, act or scene or other matter should constitute a violation of the law or infringement of a private right, the grantee shall be free from any liability, civil or criminal, for such speech, play, act or scene or other matter: Provided, That the grantee, during any broadcast and/or telecast, shall cut off from ther the speech, play, act or scene or other matter being broadcast and/or telecast, if the tendency thereof is to propose and/or incite treason, rebellion or sedition, or the language used therein or the theme thereof is indecent or immoral, and willful failure to do so shall constitute a valid cause for the cancellation of this temporary permit.
Sec. 6. The grantee shall hold the national, provincial and municipal governments of the Philippines harmless from all claims, accounts, demands, or actions arising out of accidents or injuries, whether to property or to persons, caused by the construction or operation of the stations.
Sec. 7. The grantee shall not lease, transfer, grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this temporary permit nor the rights and privileges acquired thereunder to any person, natural or juridical, nor merge with any other person without the previous approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Any person, natural or juridical, to which this temporary permit is sold, transferred or assigned shall be subject to all the conditions, terms, restrictions and limitations of this temporary permit as fully and completely and to the same extent as if the temporary permit had been originally granted to such person.
Sec. 8. The temporary permit hereby granted shall be subject to amendment, alteration or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so requires.
Sec. 9. The grantee shall be liable to pay the same taxes on its real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of the temporary permit, as other persons, natural or juridical, are now or hereafter may be required by law to pay.
The grantee shall further be liable to pay all other taxes that may be imposed by the National Internal Revenue Code by reason of this temporary permit.
Section 10. This temporary permit shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
Section 11. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Enacted without Executive
approval, June 19, 1960.