The issue simply is: Has Rappler violated the law? The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause hence a case was filed against the media outlet.
In the Duterte administration, obedience to the law is not, and cannot be an option.
No one is above the law. Everyone or every entity is accountable for every transgression of the law. No one is exempted, rich or poor, powerful or weak. Friendship, fraternal and political ties, as well as blood relationship do not matter to this President.
If you violate the law, then you can not escape the wrath of its punishment. Dura lex sed lex, the law may be harsh but it is the law.