REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4125 - AN ACT GRANTING MANUEL E. GALVEZ A FRANCHISE TO ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO STATIONS, POINT TO POINT OR WITH RELAY AND CENTRAL EXCHANGE FOR DOMESTIC COMMUNICATIONS
1. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution and
the provisions of Act Numbered Three thousand eight hundred and
forty-six, entitled "An Act providing for the regulation of radio
stations and radio communications in the Philippine Islands, and for
the purposes"; Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred forty-six, known
as the Public Service Act, and their amendments, and other applicable
laws, there is hereby granted to Manuel E. Galvez, his heirs and
successors in interest, hereinafter referred to as the "grantee", a
franchise to establish, maintain and operate in the Philippines, at
such places as the grantee may select and the Secretary of Public Works
and Communications may approve circuits and/or stations for domestic
telecommunications with the authority to receive and transmit messages,
impressions, pictures, music, entertainment, alarms, advertising and
signals throughout the Philippines and including ships at sea,
airplanes and other conveniences, by means of electricity,
electro-magnetic waves or any other kind of energy, force variations or
impulses whether conveyed by wires, radiated through space or
transmitted through any other medium, to supply facilities for such
purposes and to charge and receive compensation therefor by tolls,
rentals and charges. |
Sec. 2. Subject to the limitation and procedure prescribed by law, the grantee is authorized to exercise the right of eminent domain, insofar as may be reasonably necessary to further the establishment and efficient maintenance and operation of his circuits and/or stations and connecting them to one another. The grantee is authorized to construct and maintain his work of public utility and service over and across public property of the Philippines, squares and reservations, and other similar property of the Government of the Philippines and its branches.
Sec. 3. This franchise shall continue for a period of twenty-five years from the date the said circuits and/or stations shall be put in operation, and is made upon the express condition that the same shall be void unless at least one domestic circuit and/or station be begun within two years from the date of the approval of this Act and be completed within four years from said date.
Sec. 4. (a) The franchise shall not take effect nor shall any powers 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 frequencies and wave lengths may be used, and issued to the grantee a license for such use, unless the grantee shall use existing channels, circuits and/or stations of communication duly licensed by the Philippine Government.
(b) The Secretary of Public Works and Communications on reasonable notice to the grantee, may at any time change or cancel, or modify, in whole or in part, any or all the allotments of frequencies and wave lengths to be used. He may take such action (1) whenever in his judgment such frequencies and wave lengths have been used, or there is danger that they will be used by the grantee to impair electrical communication, or stifle competition, or to obtain a monopoly in electrical communication, or to secure unreasonable rates for such communication, or otherwise to violate the laws or public policy of the Philippines Republic; (2) whenever in his judgment the public interest of the Philippines require that such frequencies or wave lengths should be used for purposes other than those of the grantee, either by the Government of the Philippines or by other individuals or corporations licensed by it; and (3) whenever in his judgment for any reason the public interest of the Philippines so require.
(c) The Secretary of Public Works and Communications is authorized to appoint, employ or make use of such boards, commissions, or agents as in his discretion he may select, to investigate and determine the facts upon which he may act as aforesaid, and such boards, commissions and agents shall have the right by the compulsory process of subpoena, to summon witnesses, administer oaths and take evidence.
Sec. 5. (a) The stations of the grantee shall be so constructed and operated that a minimum of interference will result and the wave lengths selected with a view to avoiding interference with existing stations and to permit the expansion of the grantee's services.
(b) The operation of the circuits and/or stations of the grantee shall in strict accordance with the provisions of Philippine communication laws, regulations and those of international communications laws, regulations and agreements to which the Republic of the Philippines is a signatory.
Sec. 6. A special right is hereby reserved to the President of the Philippines is time of war, rebellion, public peril or other national emergency and when public safety requires to cause the closing of the grantee's circuits and/or stations or to authorize the use or possession thereof by any department of the Government without compensation to the grantee for the use of said stations during the continuance of the national emergency.
Sec. 7. The operation and activities of the circuits and/or stations of the grantee shall contribute to the public welfare; shall conform to honest enterprise; shall assist in the functions of public information and education; and shall not be used for the dissemination of deliberately false information, or willful misrepresentation, or to the detriment of public health, or to incite, encourage or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 8. The right is hereby reserved to the Government of the Philippines through the Public Service Commission, or such other office as may be hereunto duly authorized to fix the minimum and maximum rates to be charged by the grantee.
Sec. 9. (a) The grantee shall comply with all the requirements of the Government applicable to duly organized corporations and to public communications carriers, and shall pay the same taxes on his real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of the franchise, as other persons or corporations are now or hereafter may be required by law to pay.
(b) The grantee shall further pay to the Treasurer of the Philippines each year, one and one-half per centum of all gross receipts from business transacted under the franchise by the said grantee in the Philippines.
SECTION 10. The franchise hereby granted shall be subject to amendment, alteration or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines, and the rights to use and occupy public property and places hereby granted shall revert to the respective governments, upon the termination of this franchise, by such repeal or by forfeiture, or expiration in due course. Unless earlier terminated by any such repeal of forfeiture or extended, the franchise and rights hereby granted shall terminate by expiration of twenty-five years after the date of the acceptance of this Act by the grantee.
SECTION 11. As a condition of the granting of this franchise the grantee shall execute a bond in favor of the Government of the Philippines, in the sum of five thousand pesos in 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 franchise. If, after three years from the date of the acceptance of this franchise, the grantee shall have fulfilled said obligations or soon thereafter as the grantee shall have fulfilled the same the bond aforesaid shall be cancelled by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications.
SECTION 12. Acceptance of the franchise shall be given in writing one year 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 privileges granted thereby.
SECTION 13. The grantee shall not transfer, grant the usufruct of, sell or assign this franchise, nor the rights or privileges acquired thereunder, to any person, firm, company, corporation, or other commercial or legal entity, nor merge with any other company 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 corporations laws of the Philippines now existing or hereafter enacted, and any person, firm, company, corporation or other commercial or legal entity 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 same extent as if the franchise had been originally granted to the said person, firm, company, corporation or other commercial or legal entity.
SECTION 14. This franchise shall not be interpreted to mean as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
SECTION 15. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 20, 1964