It is Unlawful to EDC a knife in the Philippines!
I recently binge watched a lot of EDC videos on youtube and as robberies and murders continue to rise in where i'm currently staying I found myself wanting to have something to protecting myself when needed in my EDC. For those who don't know, EDC stands for Every Day Carry which usually refers to people who like to be prepared for any possible thing that may happen in their day to day lives.
I liked to consider myself as a person who is "prepared", but after watching different EDC's of people from different parts of the world that thought immediately dissapeared.
One thing that is common to most EDC's are somesort of multitool or a knife, some people even have both! But because most multitools usually have a knife in them already some may think it's redundant to have both. I on the other hand think the opposite, in survival it pays to be redundant which usually leads me to packing twice as much things as needed when going on trips especially camping. I used to carry around a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife when I was in college but lost it when I transferred to where I'm currently living for work.
Fast forward to today I found myself living almost 3 years without any sort of tool to use/protect myself when needed which lead me to wanting to buy a new multitool and knife. I chose to look for knives first since knives are relatively cheaper than multitools. After searching for a few days on different sites and choosing from different types of knives from fixblades, pocket knives and kneck knives I was able to decide that I wanted to buy something "basic" since i'm still a knife novice myself. I chose the Gerber Folding Sheath Knife.
However, before buying I wanted to read up on the knives law just to make sure I wasn't breaking any laws and I was actually amazed by what I found. The Philippine law actually prohibits people from bringing any sort of bladed,pointed or blunt weapons outside their home unless it's to earn a livelihood or in pursuit of a lawful activity. Here's the complete law
BATAS PAMBANSA BILANG 6
AN ACT REDUCING THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF BLADED, POINTED OR BLUNT WEAPONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NUMBERED NINE.
Section 1. Paragraph three of Presidential Decree Numbered Nine is hereby amended to read as follows:
"3. It is unlawful to carry outside of one's residence any bladed, pointed or blunt weapon such as "knife", "spear", "pana", "dagger", "bolo", "barong", "kris", or "chako", except where such articles are being used as necessary tools or implements to earn a livelihood or in pursuit of a lawful activity. Any person found guilty thereof shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not less than one month nor more than one year or a fine of not less than Two Hundred Pesos nor more than Two Thousand Pesos, or both such imprisonment and fine as the Court may direct."
Sec. 2. Article twenty-two of the Revised Penal Code shall apply to persons previously convicted under paragraph three of Presidential Decree Numbered Nine.
Sec. 3. Any law or ordinance which is inconsistent herewith is hereby repealed.
Sec. 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: November 21, 1978
I also tried looking at different subreddits and other credible websites to see if this was true to this day and it all seems to check out and this law seems to also apply on multitools that have knives in them.
As crimes continue to rise I find it a necessity to have a knife or multitool in my EDC but the law seems to think otherwise.