REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3194 - AN ACT GRANTING FERNANDO SUAREZ A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS IN PAGADIAN, PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
|Section 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, Fernando Suarez
is hereby granted a franchise to construct, establish, maintain and
operate for commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio
broadcasting stations in Pagadian, Province of Zamboanga del Sur for a
period of twenty-five years: 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 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 his stations for the broadcasting of
obscene or indecent language, 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. The grantee's radio broadcasting stations shall not be put in actual operation until the Secretary of Public Works and Communications shall have allotted to the grantee the frequency and wave length to be used under this franchise and issued to the grantee a license for such use; and that the same shall be so constructed and operated and the wave length so selected as to avoid interference with existing radio stations and to permit the expansion of the grantee's service.
Sec. 3. In the event of any competing person, natural or juridical, receiving 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. 4. 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 due compensation to the grantee for the use of said stations during the period when they shall be so operated.
Sec. 5. The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, or other matter to be broadcast from his stations; but if any such speech, play, 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, or other matter: Provided, That the grantee, during any broadcast shall cut off from the air the speech, play, 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 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. As a condition to the granting of this franchise, the grantee shall execute a bond in favor of the Government of the Philippines, in the sum of fifty thousand pesos, in form and with sureties satisfactory to the Secretary of Public Works and Communications, conditioned upon faithful performance of the grantee's obligations hereunder during the first three of the life of this franchise. If after three years from the date of acceptance of this franchise the grantee shall have fulfilled said obligations, or as soon thereafter as the grantee shall have fulfilled the same, the bond aforesaid shall be cancelled by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications.
Sec. 7. The grantee shall hold the national, provincial and municipal governments of the Philippines harmless from all claims, accounts, demands, or action 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. 8. 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 the franchise as fully and completely and to the same extent as if the franchise has been originally granted to such person.
Sec. 9. Acceptance of this franchise shall be given in writing within six months after approval of this Act. When so accepted by the grantee and upon approval of the bond aforesaid by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications the grantee shall be empowered to exercise the privileges granted thereby.
Sec. 10. The franchise hereby granted shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so requires.
Sec. 11. 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 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.
Sec. 12. This franchise shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
Sec. 13. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 17, 1961