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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4493 - AN ACT GRANTING PAN ORIENTAL BROADCASTERS A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, ESTABLISHED, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES
1. Subject to the provision 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 Philippines 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, Pan Oriental Broadcasters is hereby granted
a franchise to construct establish, maintain and operate for commercial
purposes and in the public interest radio broadcasting stations within
the Philippines: provided, that this franchise shall be for a period of
twenty-five years from the approval of this Act, and 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 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 or willful misrepresentation, or to the
detriment of the public health, or to incite, encourage, or assist in
subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 2. A special right is reserved to the President of the Philippines in time of war, rebellion, public peril, emergency, calamity, disaster or disturbance of peace and order, to cause the closing of said stations or to authorize the temporary use and operation thereof by any department of the Government upon compensation to the grantee for the use of said stations during the period when they shall be so operated.
Sec. 3. The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, act or scene or other matter to be broadcast 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 shall cut off from the air the speech, play, act or scene or other matter being broadcast if the theme thereof is indecent or immoral and willful failure to do so shall constitute a valid cause for the cancellation of this franchise.
Sec. 4. The grantee shall file a bond in the amount of ten thousand pesos to guarantee the full compliance and fulfillment of the conditions under which this franchise is granted.
Sec. 5. 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. 6. 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 as if the franchise has been originally granted to such person.
Sec. 7. The franchise hereby granted shall be subject to amendments, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so requires.
Sec. 8. 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, 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 franchise. It
Sec. 9. This franchise shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
SECTION 10. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 19, 1965