Authorities recaptured a woman convicted of poisoning and robbing at least 10 families in Metro Manila, during an operation in Zamboanga City Tuesday morning.

Anamae Livrando, dubbed by the police as “Poison Ivy,” was arrested around 10 a.m. at a bus terminal in Brgy. Guiwan, Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, said.

“Minanmanan namin talaga namin siya (Livrando) kahit kagabi kasi may info na aalis siya going to Cagayan de Oro City, then kukuha ng passport going to Malaysia,” De Ocampo said in a phone interview.

On Monday, Mayor Celso Lobregat called up the police to inform that Livrando was spotted in the city.

Manila Police District’s Supt. Nelson Yabut, who arrested Livrando in 2008 and happens to be a classmate of De Ocampo at the Philippine National Police Academy (1987), also helped by sending information on the convict.

Livrando did not resist the arrest and even admitted that she was the one being pursued, De Ocampo said.

“Pina-medical (examination) namin siya (Livrando) then temporary custody dito sa city jail kasi high risk na siya,” the police official said.

Livrando may be fetched by officers from the Women’s Correctional facility in Mandaluyong City either late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Livrando gained notoriety several years ago by serving as a househelp of rich, mostly Filipino-Chinese, families, poisoning their food, and robbing the victims’ homes when they are in the hospital.

Following her arrest in 2008, Livrando escaped from the Manila City Jail while her cases of frustrated homicide and robbery were being tried.

She was rearrested in Quezon City in August 2011 after reportedly victimizing two more families, but escaped again last November. (John Roson)

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