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|REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8130 - AN ACT
GRANTING THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC POWER, INC., A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT,
ESTABLISH, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN RADIO BROADCASTING STATIONS IN THE
PHILIPPINES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
|Section 1. Nature and Scope of Franchise. — Subject to the
provisions of the Constitution and applicable laws, rules and
regulations, there is hereby granted to the Christian Music Power,
Inc., its successors or assigns, and hereunder referred to as the
grantee, a franchise to construct, establish, operate and maintain
radio broadcasting stations in the Philippines, with the corresponding
technological auxiliaries or facilities, special broadcast and other
broadcast distribution services and relay stations, and to install
radio communication facilities for the grantee's private use in its
Sec. 2. Manner of Operation of Stations or Facilities. — The stations or facilities of the grantee shall be constructed and operated in a manner as will at most result only in the minimum interference on the wavelengths or frequencies of the existing stations or other stations which may be established by law.
Sec. 3. Prior of the National Telecommunication Commission. — The grantee shall secure from the National Telecommunications Commission the appropriate permits and licenses for its stations and shall not use any frequency in the radio spectrum without having been authorized by the Commission. The Commission, however, shall not unreasonably withhold or delay the grant of any such authority.
Sec. 4. Responsibility to the Public. — The grantee shall provide reasonable public service time to enable the government, through the said broadcasting stations, to reach the population on important public issues; provide at all times sound and balanced programming; promote public participation such as in community programming; assist in the function of public information and education; conform to the ethics of honest enterprise; and not use its stations for the broadcasting of obscene and indecent language, speech, act or scene, or for the dissemination of deliberately false information or willful misrepresentation to the detriment of the public interest; or to incite, encourage or assist in subversive or treasonable acts.
Sec. 5. Right of Government. — The President of the Philippines, in times of rebellion, public peril, calamity, disaster, or disturbance of peace and order, any temporarily suspend the operation of any station in the interest of public safety, security, and public welfare, or authorize the temporary use and operation thereof by any agency 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. 6. Term of Franchise. — This franchise shall be for a term of twenty-five (25) years from the date of effectivity of this Act, unless sooner revoked or cancelled. In the event the grantee fails to operate continuously for two (2) years, this franchise shall be deemed ipso facto revoked.
Sec. 7. Acceptance and Compliance. — Acceptance of this franchise shall be given in writing within sixty (60) days after approval of this Act. Refusal or failure to accept the franchise or to operate within the prescribed period shall render the franchise void.
Sec. 8. Tax Provisions. — The grantee, its successors
or assigns, shall be liable to pay the same taxes on their real estate,
buildings and personal property, exclusive of this franchise, as other
persons or corporations are now or hereafter may be required by law to
pay. In addition thereto, the grantee, its successors or assigns, shall
pay a franchise tax at such percentage as may be prescribed by law on
all gross receipts of the radio business transacted under this
franchise by the grantee, its successors or assigns: provided, that the
grantee, its successors or assigns, shall continue to be liable for
income taxes payable under Title II of the National Internal Revenue
Code pursuant to Sec. 2 of Executive Order No. 72, unless the latter
enactment is amended or repealed, in which case the amendment or repeal
shall be applicable thereto.
Sec. 9. Self-regulation by and Undertaking of Grantee. — The grantee shall not require any previous censorship of any speech, play, act or scene, or other matter to be broadcast from its stations: 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.
Sec. 10. Warranty in Favor of National and Local Governments. — 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 person, caused by the construction of the grantee.
Sec. 11. Sale, Lease, Transfer, Usufruct, etc. — The grantee shall not lease, transfer, grant the usufruct of, sell nor assign this franchise or the rights and privileges acquired there under to any person, firm, company, corporation or entity nor merge with any other corporation or entity without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Neither shall the controlling interest in the grantee be transferred, whether as a whole or in part and whether simultaneously or contemporaneously, to any such person, firm, company, corporation or entity without the prior approval of the Congress of the Philippines. Any person or entity to which this franchise is validly sold transferred, or assigned shall be subject to all the same conditions, terms, restrictions, and limitations of this Act.
Sec. 12. Separability Clause. — If any of the sections or provisions of this Act is held invalid, all the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid.
Sec. 13. Repealability and Non-exclusivity Clause. — This franchise shall be subject to amendment, alteration or repeal by the Congress of the Philippines when the public interest so requires, and shall not be interpreted as an exclusive grant of the privileges herein provided for.
Sec. 14. General Broadcast Policy Law. — The grantee shall comply with and be subject to the provisions of a general broadcast policy law which Congress may hereafter enact.
Sec. 15. Reportorial Requirement. — The grantee shall submit an annual report to the Congress of the Philippines on its compliance with the terms and conditions of its franchise and on its operations within sixty (60) days from the end of every year.
Sec. 16. Effectivity Clause. — This Act shall take
effect fifteen (15) days from the date of its publication in at least
two (2) newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines.