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Republic Act No. 703

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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 703
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 703 - AN ACT GRANTING MR. FELIX ALBERTO, RESIDING AT PLEASANT HILLS, MANDALUYONG, RIZAL, A TEMPORARY PERMIT TO CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, ESTABLISH AND OPERATE PUBLIC RADIOTELEPHONE AND RADIOTELEGRAPH COASTAL STATIONS WITH THE CORRESPONDING RELAY STATIONS, AND PUBLIC FIXED AND PUBLIC BASE AND LAND MOBILE STATIONS FOR THE RECEPTION AND TRANSMISSION OF RADIOTELEPHONE AND RADIOTELEGRAPH COMMUNICATIONS WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES NOT AT PRESENT SERVED BY PUBLIC RADIOTELEGRAPH AND/OR RADIOTELEPHONE SYSTEMS SUCH AS IN LUMBER AND MINING CONCESSIONS, FARMS AND ISOLATED MUNICIPALITIES

Section 1. There is hereby granted and conceded to Mr. Felix Alberto, residing at Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong, Rizal, his successors or assigns, the temporary right and privilege of constructing, installing, establishing and operating in the Philippines and at such places as the grantee may select, subject to the approval of the Department Secretary under whose jurisdiction the Radio Control Division is functioning, or any competent authority who is or shall be authorized now or in the future to give said approval, public coastal radio stations with the corresponding relay stations, and public fixed and public base and land mobile stations for the reception and transmission of wireless messages on radiotelephony (voice) and/or radiotelegraphy, or both, within the Philippines and with vessels at sea andrcrafts over ther, irrespective of whether such vessels andrcrafts are within or without the Philippines: Provided, however, That Mr. Felix Alberto shall only establish and operate such public fixed and public base and land mobile stations in lumber and mining concessions, farms, municipalities and other places not at present served by public radiotelegraph and/or radiotelephone systems.

Sec. 2. The President of the Philippines shall have the power and authority to permit the location on the public domain upon such terms as he may prescribe any or all of the land radio stations that may be establish under this grant.

Sec. 3. This temporary permit shall continue to be in force during the time that the Government has not established similar service at the places selected by the grantee, and is made upon the express condition that the same shall be void unless the construction of said stations be begun within three years from the date of approval of this Act and be completed within five years from said date.

Sec. 4. A special right is hereby reserved to the President of the Philippines in time of war, insurrection, public peril, calamity or disaster to cause the closing of the stations or to authorize the temporary use or possession thereof by any department of the Government, upon just compensation.

Sec. 5. The grantee, his successors or assigns, 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 for reception and transmission or wireless messages by the grantee, his successors or assigns.

Sec. 6. The grantee, his successors or assigns, shall so construct and operate his radio stations as not to interfere with the operation of other radio stations maintained and operated in the Philippines.

Sec. 7. No private property shall be taken for any purpose by the grantee of this temporary permit, his successors and assigns, without proper condemnation proceedings and just compensation paid or tendered therein, and any authority to take and occupy land contained herein shall not authorize the taking, use, or occupation of any land except such as is required for the actual necessary purposes for which the temporary permit is granted. All lands or rights of use and occupation of lands granted to the grantee, his successors or assigns, shall, upon the termination of this temporary permit or upon its revocation or repeal, revert to the National, provincial or municipal government to which such land or right to use and occupy belonged at the time of the grant thereof or the right to use and occupy the same was conceded to the grantee herein, his successors or assigns.

Sec. 8. The right is hereby reserved to the Government of the Philippines, through the Public Service Commission, or such other government agency as may hereafter be duly authorized, to fix the maximum rates or charges to be charged by the grantee.
Sec. 9. The grantee shall keep a separate account of the gross receipts of the business transacted by him in the Philippines, and shall furnish the Auditor General and the Treasurer of the Philippines a copy of such account not later than the thirty-first day of January of each year for the preceding year. For the purpose of auditing the accounts so rendered to the Auditor General and the National Treasurer, all the books and accounts of the grantee, or duplicates thereof, so far as they relate to the business transacted in the Philippines shall be kept in the Philippines, and 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 of the Philippines, under the terms and conditions provided in the laws of the Philippines.

Section 10. As a condition of the granting of this temporary permit the grantee shall execute a bond in favor of the Government of the Philippines in the sum of ten thousand pesos, in a form and with sureties satisfactory to the Secretary of Public Works and Communications, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the grantee's obligations hereunder during the first three years of the life of this temporary permit. If, after three years from the date of the acceptance of this temporary permit, the grantee shall have fulfilled the same, the bond aforesaid shall be cancelled by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications.

Section 11. Acceptance of this temporary permit shall be given in writing within six months after approval of this Act. When so accepted by the grantee and upon the approval of the bond aforesaid by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications the grantee shall be empowered to exercise the privilege granted thereby.

Section 12. This temporary permit shall be subject to amendment, alterations, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so require, and shall not be interested as an exclusive grant of the privilege herein provided for.

Section 13. This Act shall take upon its approval.

Enacted, without executive approval, May 11, 1952.

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