Petitioner Remedios Pastor is Budget Officer of the Municipality of Pasig. In 1992, she was reassigned to the Office of the Municial Administrator pending investigation of reports against her concerning the issuance of Advice of Allotments. In 1995, after those years with no case filed against her, she asked for reinstatement to her former position. She was instead reassigned to another unit of the now city government.
Whether or not Pastor’s reassignment to various offices was equivalent to removal in office.
YES. It has been held that a reassignment that is indefinite and results in a reduction in rank, status and salary is in effect a constructive removal from the service.