Calamba City in Laguna, Philippines. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A man wanted by police in the Philippine city of Liliw, Laguna province, for his alleged involvement in numerous rapes was arrested on Wednesday in Calamba, a city in the same province.

Junie Apurado, an agricultural technician in Liliw, has been wanted for some time for several sex-related charges, including five counts of rape, two counts of rape with sexual assault, and one count of an act of lasciviousness, GMA News reported.

According to Liliw police, Apurado abused an 11-year-old girl many times within two years whenever her parents left for work on a farm. The suspect is accused of raping the girl and threatening her with a knife.

Apurado was able to elude police by hiding in several parts of the country, but eventually they were able to track him down. Officers went undercover as businessmen who wanted to open a farm and wanted to “hire” Apurado as a technician. 

The suspect was arrested when he met with the undercover officers on Wednesday. He denied the rape charges and said he had never abused the girl. 

Local police encouraged alleged victims to contact them to provide more information about the cases. 

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