PHILIPPINE LAWS, STATUTES AND CODES - CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW LIBRARY
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4399 - AN ACT GRANTING THE PACIFIC BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC., A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS IN 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, the Pacific Broadcasting Network, Inc., is
hereby granted a franchise for a period of twenty-five years, to
construct, establish, maintain and operate for commercial purposes and
in the public interest, radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines:
provided, that this franchise shall be void unless the construction of
at least one radio broadcasting station be begun within two 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
public service time to enable the Government, through the said radio
broadcasting stations, to reach the population on important public
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 for the broadcasting of obscene or indecent
language, act or scene, or for the dissemination of deliberately false
information of willful misrepresentation, or to the detriment of the
public health, or to incite, encourage, or assist in subversive or
Sec. 2. In the event that any competing person, natural or juridical, receives 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 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 hereby 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 full compliance and fulfillment of the conditions under which this franchise 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 from its station; but if any such play, speech, 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, shall cut off from the air the speech, play, act or scene or other matter being broadcast, if the tendency thereof is to propose and/or incite treason, rebellion or sedition, or the language used therein or theme thereof is indecent or immoral, and willful failure to do so shall constitute a valid cause for the cancellation of the franchise.
Sec. 6. The grantee shall hold the national, provincial and municipal governments of the Philippines free from all claims, accounts, demands, or actions arising out of accidents or injuries, whether or property or to persons, caused by the construction or operation of the stations of the grantee.
Sec. 7. The grantee shall not lease, transfer, grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this franchise 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 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 and as if the franchise had been originally granted to such person.
Sec. 8. The franchise hereby granted shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when public interest so requires.
Sec. 9. The grantee shall be liable to pay the same taxes on his real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of the franchise, as other persons, natural or juridical, are now paying 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 franchise.
SECTION 10. This franchise shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
SECTION 11. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 19, 1965