REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5914 - AN ACT GRANTING BASILAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION A FRANCHISE TO ESTABLISH, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS IN MINDANAO
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 regulations
of radio stations and radio communications in the Philippine Islands,
and for other purposes," Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred
forty-six, otherwise known as the Public Service Act, and their
amendments, and other applicable laws, there is hereby granted to
Basilan Broadcasting Corporation, its successors or assigns, and
hereunder referred to as the "grantee," the right and privilege to
construct, install, establish and operate in Mindanao, at such places
as the grantee may select and the Secretary of Public Works and
Communications may approve, radio broadcasting stations in Mindanao. |
Sec. 2. A special right is reserved to the President of the Philippines in time of war, rebellion, public peril, calamity, emergency, disaster or disturbance or peace or order to take over and operate the said stations or to authorize the temporary use and operation thereof by the Government upon due compensation to 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 prescribed.
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 such date.
Sec. 5. 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.
Sec. 6. The Secretary of Public Works and Communications, on reasonable notice to the grantee, may at any time change, 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 whenever in his judgment:
(a) 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 secure unreasonable rates for such communications, or to violate otherwise the laws or public policy of the Republic of the Philippines;
(b) The public interest of the Republic of the Philippines require that such frequencies or 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
(c) For any reason the public interest of the Philippines so require.
Sec. 7. 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 service.
Sec. 8. The grantee shall hold national, provincial, city 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. 9. 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 purposes for which this franchise is granted.
SECTION 10. The grantee shall keep an account of the gross receipts of its business and shall furnish the Auditor General and Treasurer of the Philippines with a copy of such accounts not later than the thirty-first day of January of each year for the preceding year. All the books and accounts of the grantee pertaining to its business shall be subject to the official inspection of the Auditor General or his authorized representatives, and the audit and approval of such accounts shall be final and conclusive evidence as to the amount of said gross receipts, except that the grantee shall have the right to appeal to the courts under the terms and conditions provided in the laws of the Philippines.
SECTION 11. The grantee, its successors or assigns, shall be subject to the corporation laws of the Philippines now existing or hereafter enacted.
SECTION 12. The grantee shall file a bond in the amount of 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 acceptance of this franchise, 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 13. The grantee shall not lease, transfer, grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this franchise, nor the rights or privileges acquired thereunder to any person, firm company, partnership, corporation or other commercial or legal entity, nor merge with any other person, firm, company, partnership or corporation organized for the same purpose, without the approval of the Congress of the Philippines first had. Any corporation to which this franchise may be sold, transferred, or assigned shall be subject to the corporation laws of the Philippines now existing or hereafter enacted, and any person, firm, company, partnership, corporation or other commercial or legal entity to which this franchise is sold, transferred, or assigned shall be subject to all conditions, terms, restrictions and limitations of this franchise as fully and completely and to the same extent as if the franchise had been originally granted to the said person, firm, company, partnership, corporation or other commercial or legal entity.
SECTION 14. The grantee shall be liable to pay the same taxes, unless exempted therefrom, on its business, real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of this franchise as well as income, as other persons or corporation are now or hereafter may be required by law to pay.
SECTION 15. This franchise shall not be interpreted to mean as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
SECTION 16. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Enacted without Executive
approval, June 21, 1969.