Comment from a reader:
Anyone who has wandered around Subic, Angeles or any of the bar districts in the Philippines (and Thailand!) know that they are fire traps. There is usually only one clear exit – the front door you came in through. The “fire exit” – if there is one – is usually a back door through a narrow obstructed hallway often leading through the kitchen. The establishments, at least the good ones, are always filled to capacity and much of the clientele is drunk. If there is a fast-moving fire, those agile dancers on stage will be out the door long before the fat old drunk customers! And if the bar owners ever actually make the investment in making their establishments safe, we could no longer afford to drink there. So… drink up and hope for the best!