#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 11, 2017

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US President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017.
Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

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Hello Rappler readers,

US President Barack Obama just delivered his farewell address, where he asked his fellow Americans to believe that they can continue to bring change. Obama also teared up as he thanked his wife, Michelle, saying she "made the White House a place that belongs to everybody."

Here in the Philippines, a new survey shows the people are less satisfied with the Duterte administration's anti-terrorism and anti-corruption campaigns. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, said it would go after "5-6" lenders.

Nickelodeon is also drawing flak for planning to build an underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Obama: 'Yes we did'

"Yes we did. Yes we can." US President Barack Obama called on his fellow Americans to believe in their ability to bring about change, as he delivered his farewell address. Watch the full speech and read the full text on Rappler.

Public less satisfied with gov't drive vs terrorism, corruption

A new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows public satisfaction with the government's anti-terrorism and anti-corruption campaigns went down. But overall, public satisfaction with the Duterte administration remains "very good."

DOJ: Warrantless arrest for '5-6' lenders

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said "5-6" lenders would be arrested even without a warrant, since they're "operating without any permit" and are committing a continuing crime. Aguirre also pointed out that loan sharks commit tax fraud.

Nickelodeon under fire over planned Palawan park

Environmentalists are outraged over Nickelodeon's plan to build an underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan. They said Coron is already so beautiful – why ruin it by building artificial structures?

China's Xi to be 'star' at World Economic Forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to be the star attraction at this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which will kick off on Monday, January 16. Xi will be the first Chinese leader to ever attend the forum.

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