REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4505 - AN ACT GRANTING RAJAH BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC., A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS AND STATIONS FOR TELEVISION IN THE PHILIPPINES, AS WELL AS RADIO STATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC COMMUNICATIONS OF ALL TYPES AND SERVICES
1. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution and
Act Numbered Three thousand eight hundred forty-six, as amended, the
Rajah Broadcasting Network, Incorporated, is hereby granted a
franchise, which shall continue in force for a period of twenty-five
years from the approval of this Act, to construct, maintain and
operate, for commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio
broadcasting stations and stations for television in the Philippines,
as well as radio stations for international and domestic communications
of all types and services: provided, that this franchise shall be void
unless the construction of at least one radio broadcasting stations or
one television station or one radio station for international and
domestic communications 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 adequate public
service time to enable the Government through the said radio
broadcasting stations, stations for television and radio stations for
international and domestic communications, 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 its stations for the broadcasting and/or
telecasting of obscene or indecent language, speech, act or scene, 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 lengths to be used under this franchise and issued to the grantee a license for such use.
Sec. 3. Acceptance of this franchise shall be given in writing by the grantee within six months after the approval of this Act. When so accepted, the grantee shall be empowered to exercise the privileges granted thereby.
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 of said stations during the period when they shall be operated.
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, 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 and/or 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 file a bond in the amount of twenty thousand pesos to warrant the full compliance with and fulfillment of the conditions under which the franchise is granted. If after three years from the date of acceptance of this franchise, the grantee shall have fulfilled the said conditions 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.
Sec. 7. The grantee 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 of the grantee.
Sec. 8. 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 other commercial or legal entity, nor merge with any other company or corporation organized for the same purpose without the previous approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Any corporation 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 the same extent as if the franchise had been originally granted to said person, firm, company, corporation or other commercial or legal entity.
Sec. 9. The franchise hereby granted shall be subject to amendment, alteration, or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so requires.
SECTION 10. (a) The grantee shall be liable to pay the same taxes on its real estate, buildings and personal property exclusively of the franchise, as other persons, partnership or corporations are now or hereafter may be required by law to pay. (b) 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.
SECTION 11. This franchise shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
SECTION 12. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: June 19, 1965