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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5372

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AN ACT GRANTING L. N. AGUSTIN FARMS, INC., A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS IN THE VISAYAS

Section 1. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution, L. N. Agustin Farms, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the grantee, 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 in the Visayas: Provided, That the franchise shall be void unless the construction of at least one radio broadcasting station be begun within three years from the date of approval of this Act, and be completed within five years from the said date: Provided, further, That the grantee shall provide adequate 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 the stations for the broadcasting 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 President of the Philippines may permit, subject to such rules and regulations as he may promulgate, the location on the public domain of any radio station which the grantee may construct.

Sec. 3. Such provisions 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;” Act Numbered Thirty-nine hundred ninety-seven, known as the Radio Broadcasting Law; Commonwealth Act Numbered One hundred forty-six, known as the Public Service Act, as are applicable to radio broadcasting stations shall be applied.

Sec. 4. 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 the faithful performance of the grantee’s obligations hereunder during the first three years of the life of this franchise. If, after four years from the date of acceptance of this franchise, the grantee shall have fulfilled said obligations, the bond aforesaid shall be cancelled by the Secretary of Public Works and Communications.

Sec. 5. Acceptance of this franchise shall be given in writing within six months after the 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.

Sec. 6. 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 frequencies and wave lengths to be used under this franchise and issued to the grantee a license for such use.

Sec. 7. In the event of any competing individual, partnership or corporation receiving from the Congress a similar franchise in which there shall be any term or terms more favorable than these herein granted or tending to place the herein grantee at any disadvantage, then such term or terms shall ipso facto become part of the terms hereof and shall operate equally in favor of the grantee, as in the case of said competing individual, partnership or corporation.

Sec. 8. The grantee shall pay the same taxes on its real estate, buildings and personal property, exclusive of the franchise, as other persons or corporations are now paying or hereafter may be required by law to pay. The grantee shall pay all other taxes that may be imposed by the National Internal Revenue Code by reason of this franchise.

Sec. 9. 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.

SECTION 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.

SECTION 11. In the event the Government should desire to maintain and operate for itself any or all of the stations herein authorized, the grantee shall turn over such station or stations to the Government with all the serviceable equipment therein at cost, less reasonable depreciation.

SECTION 12. 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.

SECTION 13. The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, act or scene or other matter to be broadcast 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 shall cut off from the air the speech, play, act or scene 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.

SECTION 14. 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 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 the said person, firm, company, corporation, or other commercial or legal entity.

SECTION 15. Whenever in this franchise the term “grantee” is used, it shall be held and understood to mean the L. N. Agustin Farms, Inc., its representatives, successors or assigns, unless the context indicates otherwise.

SECTION 16. This franchise shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.

SECTION 17. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Enacted without Executive approval, June 15, 1968.

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