Just realized problem was smth completely else. I tottaly forgot I had an extra share JAR module installed (it's in WEB-INF\lib under share) and it had another copy of this file, clearly unmodified. This version takes presence over anything that's inside share.war (and tomcat\shared as well). This copy didn't show in my file searches because it was inside JAR file (module).
I had the same issue with no problems on the jars. The error was on the alf_data_dev which was no updated and contained an older version of the .ftl. I deleted the folder alf_data_dev and restarted the application to solve the problem