With the declaration of Martial Law and “adoption” of the 1973 Constitution, came the suspension of all political activities. However, after six long years of authoritarian rule, Marcos resumed elections on April 7, 1978 for the Interim Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly). It was the first ever national election since 1972, and a promised step toward political normalization. As it turned out, Marcos had other things in mind. Shortly before the elections, Marcos tried to pull off his biggest surprise by organizing his own political juggernaut, one that would unite all political parties— regardless of creed and color— into a single political party. The Laurels, who welcomed Marcos into the NP in 1964, opposed his plan as this would abolish the Nacionalista Party — a legacy of their late father, Jose P. Laurel.