REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7229 - AN ACT APPROVING THE MERGER BETWEEN GLOBE MACKAY CABLE AND RADIO CORPORATION AND CLAVECILLA RADIO SYSTEM AND THE CONSEQUENT TRANSFER OF THE FRANCHISE OF CLAVECILLA RADIO SYSTEM GRANTED UNDER REPUBLIC ACT NO. 402, AS AMENDED TO GLOBE MACKAY CABLE AND RADIO CORPORATION, EXTENDING THE LIFE OF SAID FRANCHISE, AND REPEALING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 402, AS AMENDED
1. The merger between Globe Mackay Cable and Radio
Corporation and Clavecilla Radio System, with Globe Mackay Cable and
Radio Corporation thenceforth known as GMCR, Inc., and hereinafter
referred to as the grantee as the surviving corporation, is hereby
Sec. 2. The transfer of the franchise of Clavecilla Radio System under Republic Act No. 402, as amended by Republic Act Nos. 1618 and 4540, as well as all the rights, privileges and licenses arising therefrom with the exception of broadcasting, to the grantee as a consequence of the merger between Globe Mackay Cable and Radio Corporation and Clavecilla Radio System, is hereby approved.
Sec. 3. The stations or facilities of the grantee shall be constructed and operated in a manner as will at most result only in the minimum interference on the wavelengths or frequencies of the existing stations or other stations which may be established in accordance with law of other telecommunication services grantees without in any way diminishing its own right to use its selected wavelengths or frequencies and the quality of transmission or reception thereon as should maximize rendition of the grantee's services and/or the availability thereof.
Sec. 4. The grantee shall provide reasonable public service time to enable the Government, through the stations of the grantee, to reach the population on important public issues; provide at all times sound and balanced programming; promote public participation such as in community programming; assist in the functions of public information and education; conform to the ethics of honest enterprise; and not use its stations for the broadcasting of obscene and indecent language, speech, act or scene, or for the dissemination of deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation to the detriment of the public interest, or to incite, encourage or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 5. The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, act or scene, or other matter to be broadcast and/or telecast 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, or civil or criminal, for such speech, play, act or scene, or other matter: provided, that the grantee, during any broadcast and/or telecast, shall cut off from the air the speech, play, act or scene, or other matter being broadcast/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; and willful failure to do so shall constitute a valid cause for the cancellation of this franchise.
Sec. 6. The grantee shall not lease, transfer, grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this franchise or the rights and privileges acquired thereunder to any person, firm, company, corporation or entity, nor merge with any other corporation or entity without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Neither shall the controlling interest in the grantee be transferred, whether as a whole or in part and whether simultaneously or contemporaneously, to any such person, firm, company, corporation or entity without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines, except when the transfer is done through a stock exchange transaction. Any person or entity to which this franchise is validly sold, transferred or assigned shall be subject to all the same conditions, terms, restrictions and limitations of this Act.
Sec. 7. The grantee shall comply with and be subject to the provisions of such general telecommunications and broadcast policy laws as may hereafter be enacted.
Sec. 8. The grantee shall submit an annual report to the Congress of the Philippines on its compliance with the terms and conditions of this franchise and on its operations within sixty (60) days from the end of every year.
Sec. 9. The life of the franchise granted under Republic Act No. 402, as amended by Republic Act Nos. 1618 and 4540, is hereby extended to 24 December 2030 so as to make it coterminous with the term of the franchise of Globe Mackay Cable and Radio Corporation granted under Batas Pambansa Blg. 95.
SECTION 10. Sections 8 and 13 of Republic Act No. 402, as amended by Republic Act Nos. 1618 and 4540, are hereby repealed in their entirety.
SECTION 11. All other provisions of Republic Act No. 402, as amended by Republic Act Nos. 1618 and 4540, and the provisions of Batas Pambansa Blg. 95 which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act and are still unrepealed shall continue to be in full force and effect.
SECTION 12. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: March 19, 1992