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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4339 - AN ACT GRANTING THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO A FRANCHISE TO ESTABLISH RADIO STATIONS FOR PRIVATE TELECOMMUNICATION
1. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution and
the provisions not inconsistent herewith of Act Numbered Three thousand
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;" Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred
forty-six, known as the Public Service Act, and their amendments, and
other applicable laws, there is hereby granted to the Iglesia ni
Cristo, its successors or assigns, and hereunder referred to as the
"grantee," the right and privilege of constructing, installing,
establishing and operating in the Philippines, at such places as the
grantee may select and the Secretary of Public Works and Communications
may approve, radio stations in the domestic private fixed
point-to-point base, non-commercial broadcasting, aeronautical and
land-mobile stations, including coastal marine service with the
corresponding relay stations for the reception and transmission of
wireless messages on radiotelegraph and/or radiotelephone and other
types of emissions, or both, with vessels at sea and aircraft in the
air, without or within the Philippines.
Sec. 2. A special right is reserved to the President of the Philippines in time of war, rebellion, public peril, calamity, disaster or disturbance of peace or order, to take over and operate the said stations or to authorize the temporary use and operation thereof by any department of the Government without compensating the grantee for the use of said stations during the period when they shall be so operated.
Sec. 3. The President of the Philippines shall have the power and authority to permit the construction of said stations or any of them on any land of the public domain upon such terms and conditions as he may prescribe.
Sec. 4. This franchise shall continue for a period of twenty-five years from the date the first of said stations shall be placed in operation, and is granted upon the express condition that the same shall be void unless the construction of said station be begun within two years from the date of the approval of this Act and be completed within four years from said date.
Sec. 5. (a) This franchise shall not take effect nor shall any power thereunder be exercised by the grantee until the Secretary of Public Works and Communications shall have allotted to the grantee the frequencies and wave lengths to be used thereunder and determined the stations to and from which each frequency and wave length may be used, and issued to the grantee a license for such use.
(b) The Secretary of Public Works and Communications, on reasonable notice to the grantee, may at any time change, or cancel, or modify, in whole or in part, any or all of the allotments of frequencies or wave lengths to be used. He may take such action: (1) whenever in his judgment such frequencies and wave lengths have been used, or there is danger that they will be used by the grantee to impair electrical communications, or stifle competition, or to obtain a monopoly in electrical communication, or to violate otherwise the laws or public policy of the Republic of the Philippines; (2) whenever in his judgment the public interests of the Republic of the Philippines require that such frequencies or wave lengths should be used for other purposes than those of the grantee, either by the Government of the Philippines or by other individuals or corporations licensed by it; and (3) whenever in his judgment, for any reason, the public interests of the Philippines so require.
Sec. 6. The stations of the grantee shall be so constructed and operated and the wave lengths so selected as to avoid interference with existing stations and to permit the expansion of the grantee's services.
Sec. 7. 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 of the grantee.
Sec. 8. No private property shall be taken for any purpose by the grantee without proper condemnation proceedings and just compensation paid or tendered therefor, and any authority to take and occupy land contained herein shall not apply to the taking, use or occupation of any land except such as is required for the actual necessary purpose for which this franchise is granted.
Sec. 9. The grantee, its successors or assigns, shall be subject to the corporation laws of the Philippines now existing or hereafter enacted.
SECTION 10. The grantee shall file a bond in the amount of twenty-five thousand pesos to guarantee the full compliance and fulfillment of the conditions under which this franchise is granted. If after four years from the date of the approval of this Act, the grantee shall have fulfilled said conditions, or as soon thereafter as the grantee shall have fulfilled the same, the bond aforesaid shall be cancelled by the Government.
SECTION 11. This franchise shall not be interpreted to mean as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
SECTION 12. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 19, 1965