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People Are Rocking Their Best Sunglasses to Protest VP Recount Inconsistency

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It didn't take long for the ballot recount of the 2016 Vice Presidential elections to stir more acrimony between the camps of actual Vice President Leni Robredo and pretender to the throne Bongbong Marcos. Among the issues that have been raised is the recount's shading threshold, or how much of the oval on the ballot should be shaded to count a valid vote.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), started the recount on April 2, using a manual method. It also used a 50-percent shading threshold, which means that an oval has to be at least half-shaded to be counted.

Shortly after, Vice President Robredo's camp filed a motion for the PET to reconsider the 50-percent threshold, arguing that the original ballot count in 2016 used vote-counting machines that were configured to use a 25-percent threshold. This means that a 50-percent threshold would make the recount inconsistent with the original count.

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On April 10, the Supreme Court denied Robredo's motion, saying it was "not aware" of the 25-percent threshold used in the 2016 elections, and citing a Commission on Elections Resolution that applied a 50-percent threshold in the 2010 elections.

But a later Comelec resolution confirms that the 25-percent threshold was used in the 2016 elections. Rappler even pointed out that PET clerk Felipa Anama was informed about the 25-percent threshold in 2016, when she requested for the guidelines for the manual recount of Marcos' electoral protest.

Robredo then filed another motion for reconsideration on April 19, as a second attempt to convince the PET to abide by the 25-percent threshold.

Now, Robredo's allies are rallying support for the 25-percent shading threshold. To this end, former APO Hiking Society member and vocal Robredo supporter Jim Paredes has called on others to post a photo of themselves wearing shades, with the hashtag #LeaveOurShadesAlone.

The photos have started to pour in, and supporters have really busted out their best sunglasses. Here are some of the coolest ones we've seen:

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A lot of people stuck to the classic eggshell aviator-type sunglasses:


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While others went for more eccentric frames, like this bezeled one.


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Horn-rimmed frames were also fairly common.


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And occasionally, you'd see round frames and tinted lenses.


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Some posted matchy photos with friends and family.


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While musician Noel Cabangon went solo and up close.


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And lastly, one of our favorites: Agot Isidro, beautiful as ever in these black round frames.


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If you too would like to make a stand in style, here are some summer-ready statement sunnies for your consideration:

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