PHILIPPINE LAWS, STATUTES AND CODES - CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW LIBRARY
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4081 - AN ACT GRANTING RAMON ENCARNACION AND COMPANY A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS, TELEVISION STATIONS AND DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL RADIO TELECOMMUNICATIONS
1. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution,
Ramon Encarnacion and Company is hereby granted a franchise, which
shall continue in force during the time that the government has not
established similar service at the places selected by the grantee, but
not to exceed twenty-five years, to construct, maintain and operate for
commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio broadcasting
stations, television stations and domestic and international radio
telecommunications in the Philippines: provided, that this franchise
shall be void unless the construction of at least one radio
broadcasting station and television station be begun within three years
from the date of approval of this Act, and be completed within four
years from the said date: provided, further, that the grantee shall
provide adequate public service time to enable the Government, through
the said radio broadcasting stations, television stations, domestic and
international radio telecommunications to reach the population on
important issues, shall assist in the functions of public information
and education; shall conform to the ethics of honest enterprise; and
shall not use its stations and domestic and international radio
telecommunications for the broadcasting and/or telecasting of obscene
or indecent language or speech, or for the dissemination of
deliberately false information or willful misrepresentations, or to the
detriment of public health, or to incite, encourage, or assist in
subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 2. Such provisions of Act Numbered Thirty-eight hundred and forty-six, entitled "An Act providing for the regulation of radio stations and radio communications in the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes," Act Numbered Thirty-nine hundred and ninety-seven, known as "The Radio Broadcasting Law," Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred and forty-six, known as "The Public Service Act," and their amendments, as are applicable to radio broadcasting stations shall be applied, as far as practicable, to the radio broadcasting and televisions stations referred to in Section one hereof.
Sec. 3. The grantee shall file a bond in the amount of fifty thousand pesos to guarantee full compliance and fulfillment of the conditions under which this franchise is granted.
Sec. 4. In the event any competing individual, partnership or corporation receiving from the Congress a similar franchise 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 part of the terms hereof and shall operate equally in favor of the grantee as in the case of said competing individual, partnership or corporation.
Sec. 5. (a) The grantee shall be liable to pay the same taxes on its real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of the franchise, as other persons or corporations are now or hereafter may be required by law to pay.
(b) 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 franchise.
Sec. 6. In the event the Government should desire to maintain and operate for itself the station or all of the stations herein authorized, the grantee shall turn over such stations or stations to the Government with all the serviceable equipment therein, at cost, less reasonable depreciation.
Sec. 7. The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play or other matter to be broadcast or telecast from its stations; but if any such speech, play 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 or other matter: provided, that the grantee, during any broadcast and/or telecast, may cut off from the air the speech, play 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.
Sec. 8. The grantee shall not lease, grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this franchise or the rights and privileges acquired thereunder to any person, firm, company, corporation or other commercial or legal entity, nor merge with any other company or corporation organized for the same purpose, without the previous approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Any corporation to which this franchise is sold, transferred or assigned shall be subject to all the conditions, terms, restrictions and limitations of this franchise as fully and completely and to the same extent as if the franchise has been originally granted to the said person, firm, company, or corporation or other commercial or legal entity.
Sec. 9. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 18, 1964