Moises R. Espinosa

Moises R. Espinosa Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Moises R. Espinosa, Masbateño: Palupadan san Moises R. Espinosa, Bikol: Palayogan nin Moises R. Espinosa), also known as Masbate Airport (IATA: MBT, ICAO: RPVJ), is the airport serving the general area of Masbate City, located in the province of Masbate in the Philippines. It is named after Moises Espinosa, Sr., the then-Representative of Masbate who was assassinated at the airport on March 17, 1989. The airport is classified as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.

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Masbate City, officially the City of Masbate (Masbateño: Syudad san Masbate; Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa/Syudad sang Masbate; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Masbate; Central Bikol: Ciudad nin Masbate; Filipino: Lungsod ng Masbate), is a fourth class component city and capital of the province of Masbate in Bicol Region of the Philippines. The only city in the province, it serves as the province's main commercial center and chief seaport. According to the 2015 census, the city has a population of 95,359 people. The city is more or less situated at the center of Masbate province and Masbate Island, about 212 aerial miles and 362 nautical miles from Manila. It is noted for its well-protected port with Ticao Island acting as barrier against the effects of inclement weather from the north-east. Being located at the central part of the Philippine archipelago, the city serves as Bicol Region's gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao. It is accessible through sea and air transportation.

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