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What's the law on Knives in the Philippines?


Are you an "EDC" practitioner? EDC literally means "Every Day Carry" and it is usually associated with people who like to be prepared for a number of things on their day to day life. Sort of like boyscouts. These types of people would always be conscious of what they carry everyday that feels necessary, sometimes to the point of having these so-called items ready in case of emergencies. Common EDC practitioners would normally be carrying a blade or a cutting tool. Have you ever thought of what is legal and what is not in terms of bladed tools? When it comes to knife laws in the Philippines, surprisingly, not a lot of people know a whole lot about it. I've heard of some Filipinos talk of allowable blade length which categorizes the knife to its capacity to be deadly or not which limits its legal carry. Just to shed some light on the subject here is the current law that we have on knives. It is a very old law which I believe should definitely be amended. I say this due to the fact that a lot of Filipinos are carrying utility knives or blades everyday which is apparently illegal according to this law. There are certain types of people who would definitely argue that Swiss Army Knives should be legal to carry in public places. These type of knives are not deadly weapons which may bring chaos on certain situations in public places. Swiss Army Knife owners definitely consider this as an everyday tool and should be included on their EDC list.

Anyway, here's the law...



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."

Section 2. Article twenty-two of the Revised Penal Code shall apply to persons previously convicted under paragraph three of Presidential Decree Numbered Nine.

Section 3. Any law or ordinance which is inconsistent herewith is hereby repealed.|avvphil.nê+

Section 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: November 21, 1978

I hope EDC'ers in the Philippines will find this useful and realize the length of the leash provided for us by our government. Hopefully, soon we will have a better law, one that considers knives as tools other than just deadly weapons. After all, a simple pencil could be used as a weapon, why not ban this too? Knives aren't the problem, people are.


Ogie D Pogi on September 26, 2020:

There is no mention of the legal length of knives?

Jack on September 05, 2020:

I bring my jungle knife almost everyday, I include it as part of my survival/ emergency kit as our country is prone to natural disasters.

Rob on December 26, 2019:

Just started bringing a pocket knife due to work hazards in the construction site and i know my comment is quite late for the thread but i read presidential decree 9 and the batas pambansa 6 that amends the later.

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Isn't that the law only applies only during those martial law days and no longer applicable nowadays

MEL on January 31, 2019:

I carry a concealed weapon the karambit.

The Revised Penal Code on March 13, 2018:

Shown Here Are Signed and Approved In 1972 and 1978.

Is there in the Revised Penal Code that Says This Still Applies?

Jack Burton from The Midwest on March 01, 2017:

How does one buy a bolo at the local market and take it home under this law?

shawn on December 28, 2013:

then since it is within you lawful right to defend yourself in ht e philipines you can carry any of thos objects for defence purposes


Kidd on April 16, 2013:

Now I know...Thanks for the info

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